• All-new car set to arrive in the Autumn
• Set to take on rivals in the small family car market
• All-new engines and gearboxes as well as SKYACTIV tech

The new Mazda 3 has been unveiled ahead of going on sale in Europe later this year. Mazda’s rival to the likes of the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Kia Cee’d is a vital product for Mazda as it makes up around 1/3 of its total sales.

The new car continues the ‘KODO’ design theme first seen on the Mazda 6 and the CX-5. This means sharp lines, taught body panels and a bold grille, while round the back, there are sharp light clusters, a low and wide rear valance to accentuate the car’s sporting demeanour.

Mazda’s 3 will also get the full range of SKYACTIV technologies to improve both emissions and fuel economy. These technologies are based around using lightweight materials to increase efficiency and, subsequently, decrease emissions. The new hatch will also come with the i-stop stop/start system and the i-ELOOP energy recovery system.

The company says that the 3’s performance should be impressive thanks to all-new engines and gearboxes, while it also states that handling should be good thanks to the light weight design.

There are no official prices as yet, but it is likely to go on sale in the UK in the Autumn.

By James Richardson

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