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New Mazda 323 Models and Prices

Fri, 31 Aug 2001
Mazda has revised and re-priced its five-door 323 models for the UK. The new-look 323 line-up now begins with the 1.3i five-door model at £9,995, and is topped by the 131bhp 2.0 Sport at £13,995. There are seven models in the range, designed to satisfy a broad range of demands and tastes through a choice of 1.3, 1.6 and 2.0 four-cylinder 16 valve petrol engines, plus a 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

All 323 models have ABS brakes with EBD, plus driver, passenger and side airbags as standard equipment. All have central door locking, power steering, tilt-adjust steering wheel, plus modular four-speaker audio system. All but the 1.3i also have electric front windows and door mirrors, and all models have fingertip audio controls mounted on the steering wheel apart from the 2.0 Sport, which has a leather-wrapped Nardi sports wheel.

The 1.6 litre models and the 2.0 turbo diesel model have air conditioning as standard, while GXi versions also benefit from an electric tilt and slide sunroof and Traction Control System (TCS). The 2.0 Sport also has a fully automatic air conditioning, Dynamic Stability Control, 16 inch alloy wheels, sports seats and a trip computer.

Improved body stiffness and revised suspension tuning provide more precise steering and handling, plus a better ride, while greater refinement has been achieved through reduced noise, vibration and harshness.

The 2.0 Sport is 16bhp more powerful than the previous 1.8. The 1.6 is 10bhp more powerful than the old 1.5. While improvements to the electronic management system have achieved over 10 per cent more power from the 2.0 litre diesel engine but at a small sacrifice in economy.

This latest 323 line-up has been given a more stylish and sporty look with a new shape for the bonnet, headlamps, front grille and fender. The 2.0 Sport has a deep front bumper and spoiler housing large fog lamps.

All models benefit from a total peace-of-mind package comprising a three year/60,000 mile warranty, three year European roadside assistance service, six year unlimited mileage anti-perforation warranty, plus three year unlimited mileage paint and surface corrosion warranty.

Specs and Prices:
I.3i: 72bhp, 0-60 in 15.0 seconds, top speed 100mph, combined economy 38.2mpg, price £9,995 OTR.
1.3LXi: 72bhp, 0-60 in 15.0 seconds, top speed 100mph, combined economy 38.2mpg, price £10,295 OTR.
1.6 LXi: 98bhp, 0-60 in 11.3 seconds, top speed 113mph, combined economy 36.7mpg, price £10,995 OTR.
1.6 GXi: 98bhp, 0-60 in 11.3 seconds, top speed 113mph, combined economy 36.7mpg, price £11,995 OTR.
1.6 Gxi auto: 95bhp, 0-60 in 14.2 seconds, top speed 105mph, combined economy 32.8mpg, price £10,995 OTR.
2.0 TD diesel: 101bhp; 0-60 in 11.9 seconds, top speed 116mph, combined economy 47.8mpg, price £12,495 OTR.
2.0 Sport: 131bhp, 0-60 in 9.5 seconds, top speed 126mph, combined economy 33.2mpg, price £13,995 OTR.

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