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New 4-door and 5-door Mazda3
Debut in Los Angeles and Bologna

2010 Mazda3 sedan: front view.

Mazda3 ( sedan version): redesigned after 5 successful years.

28 November 2008.

Mazda's top selling model, the compact Mazda3, will receive soon the new generation of its 4-door sedan, fully redesigned for the first time in 5 years (revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this month), as well as the 5-door hatchback which will get its world premiere at the Bologna motor show early next month.

2010 Mazda3 sedan: rear view.

All-new sedan: more sporty with better fuel economy.

Mazda3, which represents the Japanese brand in the C-segment, lower-medium category, is a key model for the company, and its success earned already several international awards.

Since its launch in 2003, the current Mazda3 has sold some 1.8 million vehicles in over 100 countries and has won more than 90 global motoring awards to date, including the Car of the Year title in Russia, Canada, Spain and other countries. The Mazda3 accounts for almost one in three Mazda cars sold every year.

2010 Mazda3 sedan: side view.

Elegant with really sporty and attractive lines.

The Hiroshima-based brand, in which Ford Motor Company has recently announced the reduction of its stake from 33.4% to just over 13% - getting for the American group 540 thousand US Dollars - has confirmed that the sedan version of the all-new Mazda3 (known as Mazda Axela in Japan) has been developed with a more refined sporty ride, better fuel economy and quietness.

Following the world debut of the North American specification sedan with 2.0- and 2.5-liter engines at the show, the five-door hatchback version will be revealed in line with Mazda's global sales schedule (see the five-door hatchback box, or the European Mazda3).

All-New Mazda3 Sedan
North American market specifications

Body type / seating capacity

4-door sedan / 5 passengers

Overall length
with license plate holder

mm (inch)

2.0L model: 4590 (180.7)
2.5L model: 4595 (180.9)

Overall width

mm (inch)

1755 (69.1)

Overall height

mm (inch)

1470 (57.9)


mm (inch)

2640 (103.9)

Tread, front/rear

mm (inch)

16'': 1535(60.4)/1520(59.8)

17'': 1530(60.2)/1515(59.6)

All figures and specifications are subject to change upon homologation.

Mazda says that its second-generation Mazda3 is fully reengineered and completely redesigned to bring a richer looking, more dynamic exterior design, improved performance, enhanced environmental and safety features and a higher level of standard and optional equipment.

Mazda engineering and R&D departments in Japan, Europe, and the US all contributed to the Mazda3's renewal as a new world car.

All-New Mazda3 Sedan
North American market specifications

Engine type

2.0L 5MT

2.0L 5AT

2.5L 6MT

2.5L 5AT











Max. power




Max. torque




Max. torque




Fuel Economy*












Fuel Economy*












Fuel Economy*


100 km










Emission level

PZEV (USA California)
Tirt2-Bin5 (USA Federal / Canada)








MacPherson strut



Brake type


Ventilated discs


Solid discs







16 x 6.5J

16 x 6.5J

17 x 7.0J

17 x 7.0J

Source: Mazda. Figures and specifications are subject to change.

The key Mazda3 exterior design highlights are a more unified Mazda global family face‌, with a reinforced frontal identity which integrates the lower air intake and a more instantly recognizable five-point grille.

The compact cabin, high deck surfaces, and flowing C-pillar features were inspired by the classic coupe profile, of the midsize - D-segment, upper-medium - 2009 Mazda6.

A new Adaptive Front Lighting System with self-levelling bi-xenon headlamps has been added as standard on Grand Touring models, making the new Mazda3 the first compact offered for sale in the US with such an advanced lighting system.

2010 Mazda3 sedan: dashboard view.

Key knobs / switches: same level as steering wheel and shifter.

Interior - Inside, the new Mazda3 dash sweeps from its centre to the cabin's sidewalls. The large gauge cluster and centre stack are positioned to link the driver senses to the instruments and controls.

Key knobs and switches are positioned at the same level as the steering wheel and the shifter.

All the needed information is available in one concentrated area. A multi-information display is positioned high on the centre portion of the instrument panel to further minimize distraction. Navigation, audio, and trip computer information is provided in this easy-to-view location.

2010 Mazda3 sedan: dashboard, side view.

The new dash sweeps from its centre to the cabin's sidewalls.

Front seat cushions have been extended by nearly an inch compared to the outgoing car to improve thigh support. Backrests are 1.4-inches taller and recontoured for improved driving posture.

For the higher grade models, the upper side bolsters have been canted inward for heightened torso restraint during dynamic driving. In another first for the segment, a three-position memory function has been added to cars equipped with power seats. Upon approach to the car, the left-front seat automatically adjusts to the settings chosen by up to three different drivers by recognizing the code of the key fob.

2010 Mazda3 sedan: instrument dials.

Clear dials with sporty colours.

Upon entry, illumination rises in intensity in a programmed manner. Occupants are welcomed by foot-well and door-handle lamps. Next, instrument cluster, centre stack, audio and climate controls brighten. When a driver or front seat occupant touches an audio or air conditioning switch, a change in illumination acknowledges that the command has been received.

Dual-zone automatic air conditioning is available as an option, as well as other special features, such as a Bose 10-speaker premium surround sound system, connectivity for cell phones and portable media players, a dock for iPods, and Sirius satellite radio. An advanced keyless entry system includes push-button engine starting. The Mazda3 options list also includes rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, leather upholstery and heated seats.

2010 Mazda3 sedan: multi-information display.

Multi-information display on the centre of the instrument panel.

Engines - The MZR 2.0-liter four-in-line engine delivers 148 horsepower at 6500 rpm (PZEV: 144/6500 rpm) and 135 lb-ft of torque (183 Nm) at 4500 rpm (PZEV: 132 lb-ft, or 179 Nm/4500 rpm). Aluminium block and head construction saves weight. The 16 valves are operated by dual overhead camshafts.

The new MZR 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is borrowed from the larger all-new 2009 Mazda6. It shares the same construction features of the 2.0-liter engine while upping output to 167 horsepower / 6000 rpm (PZEV = 165 / 6000 rpm) and 168 lb-ft (227.7 Nm) of torque at 4000 rpm PZEV: 167 lb-ft, or 226 Nm / 4000).

2010 Mazda3 sedan: automatic gearshift gater.

Sport-AT: manual gear with the convenience of an automatic.

Both engines use advanced electronic throttle actuation, with torque base control technology to provide a linear acceleration response to every change of throttle pedal pressure.

Gearboxes - A slick-shifting five-speed and six-speed manual transmission as well as a five-speed electronically controlled Sport-AT automatic transmission are available depending on the model. Sport-AT offers the control of manual gear engagement with the convenience of a conventional automatic.

Fuel economy - The Mazda3 with 2.0-liter engine achieves 25 US mpg (30 imperial mpg, 9.41 litres / 100 km) in city driving with the manual transmission and 24 US mpg (28.8 imperial mpg, 9.8 litres / 100 km) with the automatic.

The highway mileage with the 2.0-liter engine is 33 US mpg (39.61 imperial mpg, 7.12 litres / 100 km) with either transmission. The Mazda3 with 2.5-liter engine also tops 20 US mpg (24 imperial mpg, 11.7 litres / 100 km) in all conditions.

European 5-door Mazda3

Following on the heels of the all-new 4-door sedan version, the second generation 5-door hatchback Mazda3 will be presented first at the Bologna Motor Show early next month. It adopts the same characteristics as its sedan counterpart.

All petrol / gasoline engine versions of the new Mazda3 will offer even further advanced environmental performance, including the world's first vehicle catalyst to be constructed with single nanotechnology. It is used to embed individual particles of precious metals, which are less than five nanometres in diameter, into the catalyst base material. This new development enables Mazda to reduce the amount of expensive precious metals such as platinum and palladium by 70 to 90 percent without impairing catalyst performance.

In Europe, the new engine line-up now includes the newly developed 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, just launched in the Mazda6, in addition to the existing 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre gasoline engines and the 1.6-litre turbo diesel.

The new 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine is a high-performance clean diesel powerplant. It will be offered in two variants, a high power version with a maximum output of 185 PS, and a standard power version with a maximum output of 150 PS. Both comply with the Euro Stage5 regulations. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also significantly improved compared to the current 2.0-litre version.

Equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, its city rating is 21 US mpg (25.2 imperial mpg, 11.2 litres / 100 km) , rising to 22 US mpg (26.4 imperial mpg, 10.7 litres / 100 km) with the 5-speed automatic.

The highway rating is 29 US mpg (34.8 imperial mpg, 8.11 litres / 100 km) with either transmission. Although the new Mazda3 is larger in every dimension, fuel economy remains on-par with the outgoing car.

Body - Reengineered unibody joints and increased metal gauges in key areas helped diminish the transmission of road and powertrain noise into the passenger cabin. Suspension anchor points are more substantial to better absorb steering and suspension forces.

In addition to welded attachments, suspension towers are bonded to the surrounding unibody areas with structural adhesives. A combination of welding and adhesives - borrowed from the 2009 Mazda6 technologies - is also used to increase the rigidity and collision deformation resistance at door opening locations.

All-new Mazda3, 5-door body: front view.

All-new Mazda3, 5-door body: back view.

The 5-door Mazda3 version.

Even though the front grille appears larger than before, it's actually 20-percent smaller to ingest the amount of air needed for combustion and cooling. An air guide attached to the front bumper directs the flow through the radiator. At high speeds, a bypass flap opens to minimize cooling fan drag.

Air flow along the body sides was improved in wind tunnel testing by placing deflectors near the tires and by tuning the upper-forward corners of the cabin. Refinements in the shape of the A-pillars, exterior mirrors, windshield wipers, and tail lamps also contributed to a six-percent reduction in wind noise levels. The 0.29 drag coefficient (Cd) is one of the best in the compact class, enhancing also highway fuel economy.

Chassis - Mazda says that it didn't have to reinvent the Mazda3's chassis design because the first generation achieved distinction in the compact class in terms of driving dynamics and handling. Subtle and tuning changes were the order of the day.

All-new Mazda3: front suspension.

All-new Mazda3: rear suspension.

Front (top) and rear suspension layout.

A rubber-isolated subframe in front supports the entire powertrain, the rack-and-pinion steering system, and the lower attachments of the coil spring MacPherson strut suspension (top opposite photo).

The independent multi-link rear suspension (lower opposite photo) also uses coil springs with one trailing arm, two lateral links, and one toe-control link per side.

Four-wheel power disc brakes with vented rotors in the front and solid rotors in the back are standard equipment. Dynamic Stability Control and Traction Control are standard on some trim levels and optional on others.

To improve steering feel, the electro-hydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion steering gear is now secured at three instead of two attachment locations. The additional mounting point allowed a reduction in the stiffness of the bushings that support the steering gear to diminish the vibration transmitted over rough pavement.

Anti-roll has been enhanced by recalibrating the monotube rear dampers for tighter control, and by switching to a new more substantial mounting arrangement for the front and rear anti-roll bars.

All-new Mazda3: airbags and body structure.

Standard six airbags and active head restraints.

At the front, lower control arms, the subframe, and mount bushings are all stiffer to improve both steering response and cornering grip at the adhesion limit. A redesigned rear suspension crossmember is both lighter and significantly stiffer, also for improved handling.

The most notable change to the braking system is a new vacuum booster for a more reassuring response to light pedal efforts without disturbing the direct and linear feel inherited from the first-generation Mazda3. Adjustments to the electronic brake force distribution programming enhance stability during mixed braking and cornering manoeuvres.

The 2.0-liter engine version is equipped with 10.9-inch diameter front rotors and 10.4-inch diameter rear rotors while the 2.5-liter one is fitted with 11.8-inch front and 11.0-inch rear rotors.

Safety - Standard Mazda3 equipment includes the electro-hydraulic power steering and all-round disc brakes, as well as six airbags and active head restraints.

ABS, Dynamic Stability Control and traction control are optional equipment, like the new Adaptive Front Lighting System with self-levelling bi-xenon headlamps (added as standard on Grand Touring models).

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