It looks just as good as the hatch...
We agree. When we first examined Mazda's all-new 3 in hatchback form a month ago, we found it to be a great-looking C-segment car.
The saloon you see here this week embodies the same wavy profile of its hatchback sibling, just that the four-door has different roof, rear windscreen, rear wings and boot lid from the five-door.
Saloon is 120mm longer than hatchback.
Both share the same lengthy 2,700mm wheelbase, but the four-door (strangely called Fastback in Europe) is 120mm longer in overall length, at 4,580mm, for a boot larger by 69 litres.
Tipping the scales at around 1,200kg, the new 3 is about 60-70kg lighter than before.
Hopefully it's more economical, too...
It is. For the first time, Mazda has revealed official fuel economy figures for the 3 which get Skyactiv engines. If powered by the new entry-level 1.5-litre petrol engine, the car delivers 19.9kpl when equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Harnessed with a bigger 2.0-litre variant and six-speed automatic, it will still do a decent 17.7kpl.
As for the 2.2-litre diesel - which Mazda Sales Thailand is seriously contemplating when sales hopefully start mid next year - it will do an impressive 25.5kpl in manual and 20.7kpl in auto forms.
It appears the new 3 will be making headlines once and for all...
The Skyactiv technologies Mazda is beginning to tout in its cars look promising.
As many of you now know, the fuel economy pilgrimage of Mazda in Thailand will start with the CX-5 compact SUV in October before eventually filtering into other models.
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- Writer: Richard Leu
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