Less is more: New Mazda3 debuts in Los Angeles
Mazda has revealed an all-new fourth-generation Mazda3 at the Los Angeles motor show, and it is scheduled for a New Zealand launch in the middle of next year.
The car, which will be available as a hatch and sedan, has seen Mazda’s designers take a minimalist approach to its looks, with no hard edges. Instead, the bodies are smooth and unadorned. And underneath the bodies some special things will be going on, too.
While lower-grade models will be powered by upgraded versions of existing conventional 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol engines, the top models will introduce Mazda’s new SkyActiv-X petrol unit which, thanks to a process called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition, combines the freerevving benefits of a petrol engine with the efficiency and torque of a diesel.
Thanks to the fact SkyActiv-X will be the first mass-produced petrol compression ignition engine, it also promises to be highly economical.
While no official figures are yet available, it is understood it will offer 133 kilowatts of power and 222 Newton metres of torque, while moving average fuel consumption down into the low 5 litres per 100 kilometres or even lower.
If this is the case, carbon dioxide emissions promise to get below 100 g/km, which will add real credence to a Mazda claim last year that SkyActiv-X will help the brand reduce average ‘‘well to wheel’’ CO2 emissions to 50 per cent of 2010 levels by the year 2030.
Mazda has revealed a new Mazda3 hatch and sedan at the Los Angeles motor show.