The All New Mazda3 Hatchback
The All New Mazda3 Hatchback

The 2009 new Mazda3 range starts with the 1.6 S model. Even this entry-model is well specified with a host of equipment that includes DSC and TCS (Traction Control System), six airbags, remote central locking, manual air-conditioning, welcome mode lighting and an MP3 compatible audio system with four speakers.

The Mazda3 TS model brings customer benefits that include 15-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, leather steering wheel with audio controls and two additional audio speakers, as well as power folding mirrors and electric rear windows.

The TS2 models feature front fog lights, larger 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, a heated windscreen, heated front seats, a 6-CD autochanger, cruise control and Bluetooth technology.

The Mazda3 Sport models gain a Sports Styling Kit - including new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a rear spoiler - plus 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, LED rear lights, a premium BOSE audio system with four additional speakers, and black sports trim. Sport models also feature smart keyless entry and a push button start. Mazda3 2.2D Sport (150ps) models also feature a 6-speed gearbox for refined cruising ability.

At the top of the regular range, the Mazda3 2.0 Sport (petrol) and 2.2 Sport (diesel 185ps), come with a six-speed manual transmission, Mazda's new MID Navigation system, rear parking sensors and metallic paint at no extra charge - these items are optional on 1.6 and 2.2D (150ps) Sport models. Meanwhile, the all-new Mazda3 MPS will shortly be available to head-up the range.

The MID (multi information display) is a new, compact navigation system developed especially for this model. It uses a high-resolution 11 cm (4.1 inch) screen mounted in the dashboard's upper section, where it can be seen easily, and it can be operated using a control switch on the steering wheel. The system's navigational information, which comes from compact SD cards, was optimised using Mazda HMI techniques to be as easy to use as it is to view.

A choice of nine body colours will be available - including two new metallics (Aluminium Silver Metallic and Olympic Gold Metallic). Aluminium Silver Metallic contains aluminium particles that diffuse light and cause diverse kinds of reflections and shadow, depending on light conditions. The four new Mica colours are Celestial Blue Mica, Graphite Mica, Indigo Lights Mica and Velocity Red Mica. Carried over colours are Black Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent. Arctic White will be available as a solid colour.

Published : 25/03/09 Author : Staff

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