The New Mazda2 3 Door | Part Two

Mazda2 3 Door Rear Side

The New Mazda2 3 Door Rear Side

The Same – But Different

Both the three-door and five-door versions of new Mazda2 share common exterior and interior dimensions.  The only difference between the two body styles is the rear seat shoulder room, which is 25mm larger in the five-door model.

The exceptionally generous standard equipment on the new Mazda2 3dr model parallels the Mazda2 5dr specification closely with only four differences.  The three-door model features ‘tilt-and-slide’ front seats to allow access to the rear seats, unique side sills in the Sports Styling Kit and the exclusive availability (for a limited period during the launch), of Crystal White Pearlescent exterior paint on all models.  Unlike the five-door, the Sport three-door model is not equipped with electric rear windows.

So well equipped is each trim level of Mazda2 that the line-up starts with TS, rather than S, models and the options list is remarkably short (see table).  Standard equipment on the Mazda2 TS 3dr (from £7,999) includes: driver and passenger front airbags, remote central locking with deadlocks, electric front windows, driver seat height adjust, ‘tilt-and-slide’ front seats, CD radio with auxiliary jack, multi-function glovebox with magazine rack and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser.

The new Mazda2 TS2 3dr (from £9,509) has 12 additional equipment items.  Topping the three-door range is the new Mazda2 Sport 3dr (from £11,399).  This model also gains 12 extra items of equipment.

In addition to Pearlescent White, customers for both three-door and five-door models can choose between nine regular exterior colours.  Inside, both body styles are finished in three colours – Charcoal Black (TS), Black (TS2) or Black Sports (Sport) upholstery.

Less weight without compromising Safety

The Mazda2 5dr achieved a 5-Star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating last year and the new three-door Mazda2 benefits from the same level of safety design, engineering and equipment.  The front doors of the three-door model are 163mm longer than those on the five‑door and the B-Pillar has been moved back by a similar amount.

Consequently, the three-door’s structure has been redesigned to provide extra resistance to side impacts.  Inside the front doors, the lower side impact bars are made of 25 per cent thicker material and also have a 17 per cent thicker cross section.  The repositioned B‑pillars are shaped differently from those of the five-door, giving extra strength to the bodyshell at the beltline.

Recently, new Mazda2 5dr was declared winner of the 2008 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) title.  The Mazda2 beat off 39 other new cars, including the short-listed Ford Mondeo and Mercedes C-Class, to claim the ‘world’s best car’ crown.

Lively Performance and Excellent Economy

The new Mazda2 3dr models weigh just 5-to-10kg less than the Mazda2 5dr models, so the lively performance (0 to 62mph from 10.4 seconds, top speed up to 117mph), excellent fuel economy (up to 65.7mpg), low exhaust emissions and modest CO2 levels (from just 114g/km) of the two versions are identical.

Ultimately, the Mazda2 3dr will be offered with the same choice of three petrol engines, and one turbo-diesel engine, as the Mazda2 5dr – each mated to a five-speed manual transmission.  At launch, customers can choose from the 1.3-litre petrol engine in two power outputs (75 and 86ps), and a 1.4-litre 68ps diesel.  The 1.5-litre 103ps petrol engine will be available from the end of July.

Published 13 May 2008 Melanie Carter
 

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