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Mazda3 pricing and specification revealed

The fourth-generation Mazda3 is now available to order in hatchback form, bringing new styling and increased equipment along with the debut of the brand’s new ultra-efficient compression ignition technology.

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Arriving ahead of the saloon and priced from £20,595, Mazda’s latest rival to the Ford Focus and VW Golf makes use of the carmaker’s new Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which brings together a number of features to improve driver comfort, and uses the latest iteration of the brand’s Kodo design language.

Two engines will be offered from launch: a 122hp 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol mild hybrid with cylinder deactivation or the 116hp Skyactiv-D diesel engine. Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition petrol engine – believed to be a world first for a production car – will arrive later this year, bringing similar combustion technology to diesel engines while potentially offering diesel-beating fuel economy.

Five trim levels will be offered – SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech – bringing a higher level of standard kit than before. Range-wide features include colour head-up display with Traffic Sign Recognition, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and LED headlights, along with navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and an eight-speaker audio system. All models also feature a seven-inch colour TFT driver instrument display, while the latest version of Mazda’s MZD-Connect infotainment system brings a larger 8.8-inch central display.

SE-L Lux adds in a reversing camera, smart keyless entry, heated front seats, while Sport Lux sees the high-class cabin enhanced with additional chrome detailing, a frameless rear view mirror and rear privacy glass.

GT Sport introduces black leather seats with power adjustment, a heated steering wheel and Bose audio, while the range-topping GT Sport Tech features a suite of additional active safety equipment, including a 360-degree camera and Driver Attention Alert with interior camera.

All trims get the choice of the launch petrol or diesel engines – with the exception of the flagship GT Sport Tech model which is solely available with the petrol – and are available with manual and automatic gearboxes.

Jeremy Thomson, managing director Mazda Motors UK, said: “I’m hugely excited about this sensational new hatchback arriving in the UK this spring. It only takes one look to see just how much it moves things forward for Mazda, from the stunning evolution of our Kodo design philosophy to a cabin that sets new standards for comfort, style and technology – inside and out the all-new Mazda3 has been engineered to deliver the feeling of effortless driving joy.

“Since its original introduction in 2003, the Mazda3 has been a big part of our success in the UK and thanks to its cutting edge technology, stunning looks and premium appeal I’m sure the all-new Mazda3 is going to resonate with customers and make its mark in this most competitive of segments, plus our award-winning finance offers ensure it represents excellent value as well,” he added.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.