The sparkling 2014 Mazda3 hatchback unveiled [Videos, Images Inside]
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After endless speculations and spyshots, the wraps are finally off the Mazda3. The Mazda3 was unveiled in its hatchback avatar in New York yesterday and would go head on against the likes of the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze 5dr, Hyundai Elantra GT, and the Toyota Corolla/Auris in North America and other key markets.
The Mazda3 is expected to begin sales in North America in September and then the rest of the world eventually. The Mazda3 sedan would be unveiled at a later date.
The Mazda3 is the third Mazda (coincidentally) to adapt the full-blown Kodo – Soul of Motion – design language after the CX-5 and the Mazda6. Revealed in a metallic Soul Red, the 3 has gone through a complete makeover inside out and looks to be an entirely new car, all the while being a purebred Mazda.
The photographs show us a great looking car with a lot of character, being both sporty and elegant in equal proportions. It doesn’t fail to fascinate from any which angle it is viewed from.
As far as the numbers go, the new Mazda3 is shorter by 1.8 inches while adding an extra 2.4 inches between the wheels. The car is also shorter by 0.6 inches and wider by 1.6 inches. The coefficient of drag is also reduced from 0.255 to 0.275 and the replacement is nearly 90 kilos lighter, built on a chassis that is 30% stiffer.
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Powertrain details can be found on Page 2.