The New Mazda3 | Part Two

The New Mazda3

 

Design - Aggressive and Confident

The new Mazda3 five-door hatchback introduces unmistakable Mazda styling and high levels of build quality to the European C-Segment. As with all new generation Mazda vehicles, its exterior design communicates immediately the exciting, fun-to-drive character that is the essence of Zoom-Zoom.

Meant to express movement combined with muscular solidity and stability, the new Mazda3 hatchback’s outward appearance is another tangible expression of “emotion of motion” successfully evoked by the Mazda6, Mazda2 and Mazda RX-8. Dynamic, solid proportions - created by a long wheelbase and cabin, short overhangs and large-diameter wheels, and aggressively flared fenders - give the five-door hatchback an assertive presence, even when viewed from a distance.

Building on methods used to develop the flagship Mazda RX-8, Mazda3’s hatchback interior is far roomier than the car’s dynamic exterior indicates. It is sporty yet comfortable, with intelligent functionality and storage solutions so important to a vehicle in this segment.

The Mazda3 hatchback is one of the largest vehicles in this class, despite its aggressive, sporty design. It has a spacious, airy cabin with generous shoulder room front and back, while its long wheelbase and the optimal shape of the front seats ensure plenty of rear knee clearance. Together, these deliver a truly roomy interior with ample space for five adults to travel in comfort. Add to this a host of intelligent storage compartments, a large and flexible luggage compartment, all carried out with high levels of craftsmanship, and you have a car that is not only fun to drive, but also fun to be in and use.

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Published 26 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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