Mazda expects its new ‘3’ to transform the lower/medium company car sector, led by, what it says, is a class-leading combination of performance, excellent fuel economy and low emissions.
The model, which will be available in hatchback and fastback (saloon ) body styles, will be the third car in the Mazda range, following the Mazda CX-5 and new Mazda6, to feature the manufacturer’s breakthrough SkyActiv technology.
A choice of three highly efficient SkyActiv-G petrol engines and one SkyActiv-D diesel engine available with good CO2 emissions from 104g/km will be twinned with what Mazda describes as a crisp, smooth, six-speed automatic or manual transmissions that offers fleet operators and company car drivers a wide model choice.
Mazda Ireland says the arrival of the 36-strong model range heralds the debut of two new SkyActiv-G engines – the 1.5-litre 100ps delivering up to 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and emissions from 119gkm, and the 2.0-litre 120ps also offering up to 55.4mpg and emissions from 119g/km. The range also sees the introduction of powerplants already established in the Mazda CX-5 and new Mazda6.