If we judge by your comments on our recent announcement post about the new Mazad3, you Autoblogreaders approve, pretty wholeheartedly, about the redesign efforts happening over at Mazda. Pressed for an opinion, we’d be forced to admit that we find the new 3 quite fetching our own selves.
To add fuel to the fast-burning fire then, Mazda has gone ahead and dropped a 15-second pseudo commercial on YouTube, showing a very rendered Mazda3 in a very rendered driving environment. The short spot is really just slightly more dynamic than the images of the car, but there is a spot of mystery to it, as well.
Right at the start of the video, an interior shot of the car shows a transparent display screen of some kind, rising from the top of the 3′s dash. An interesting choice, considering Mazda has bestowed an actual center-mounted display in on the hatchback’s dash-top – albeit one that doesn’t look like a clear piece of glass.
As expected, the redesigned sedan shares its styling with the 2014 Mazda 3 hatchbackrevealed last week, except for its trunk section, which adopts a traditional notchback design.
Mazda’s Kodo design theme is said to be slipperier on the sedan, with the four-door Mazda 3 variant generating a drag coefficient of just 0.26 versions the 0.28 of the five-door hatch.
The sedan is expected to be the more popular Mazda 3 variant here in the U.S., so it’s good to see its lines are somewhat pleasing as well as being efficient.
Inside, the new Mazda 3 range offers a driver-focused cabin, with all the controls arranged symmetrically around the driver’s centerline. One of the highlights of the interior is what Mazda calls the Active Driving Display. It’s a clear panel that pops up from behind the gauge cluster, and it can display speed, turn-by-turn directions, and other information. It’s one of the first applications of a head-up display-like feature in the mainstream compact car class.
Local versions of the Mazda will come in two different flavors. The base car will offer a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque while a more potent model will get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Both engines will be available with either a six-speed automatic transmission or six-speed manual gearbox.
Sadly, Mazda is yet to confirm whether a Mazdaspeed variant will be offered, though given the popularity of the previous generation we wouldn’t be surprised to see a new Mazdaspeed3 eventually turn up.
Source - autoblog.com, motorauthority.com
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