Mazda3 2.0D: Even More Appealing Than Before - Enhanced Driving Comfort | Part Four

Exterior & Interior Low Cabin Noise and Enhanced Driving Comfort
  • MZR-CD 2.0-litre common-rail turbo diesel with low operating noise
  • Cruise control added for enhanced drive comfort on motorways (Sport only)

During the second half of 2006, Mazda introduced an upgraded version of its best-seller with many updates that included subtle exterior and interior changes that enhance the car’s visual appeal and quality feel – both major strengths of the original model.

On the outside, there are now new press lines at the front for a powerful looking nose, and a subtle rear bumper enhancement and new black bezels for the rear lamps that support a sportier and strong rear end.  Also introduced were new wheel designs and seven new colours, and a newly updated Sports Styling kit (Sport only).

The inside of Mazda3 upgrade was given new interior colours (Black & Red cloth, TS2) and a sports-oriented black interior (in cloth or optional leather for Sport models) along with higher quality seat fabrics.

Mazda3 upgrade also introduced features to improve noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) which combined with the new smooth-operating and high-torque 143ps diesel engine, make even sporty driving a comfortable pleasure on a daily basis.  These NVH features include new insulation material added to the underside of the bonnet, Thinsulate™, plus acoustic soundproofing to the cabin, and low roll-noise tyres.  Taken together, these contribute to making the Mazda3 2.0 MZR-CD one of the quietest cars in its segment.  Cruise control (standard on the Sport), makes prolonged motorway driving comfortable - perfect for the new turbo diesel with an overdrive sixth gear.

Chassis and Safety - Enhanced Body Stiffness and Suspension
  • Body shell reinforcements from high-performance Mazda3 MPS
  • Specially tuned coil spring and damper rates, and larger stabilizers
  • Larger brakes, ABS, EBD and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) as standard

The new powerful and high-torque Mazda3 2.0 MZR-CD comes with several body shell and suspension upgrades to ensure the car handles in a completely controllable and predictable fashion.  Mazda engineers took the already rigid body shell of Mazda3 upgrade - that introduced a new bracket that reduces suspension housing deformation - and added reinforcements from the super-hatch Mazda3 MPS that include the front suspension upper plate, front cowl member and larger middle tunnel cross member.  Together, these features minimise wheel camber change when cornering, give a more linear steering response and enable the Mazda3 2.0 MZR-CD to deliver some of the segment’s most exhilarating handling attributes.

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Published 11 April 2007 Melanie Carter

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