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2019 Mazda 3 revealed with efficient new petrol engine

Published 30 November 2018

The new Mazda 3 has been revealed ahead of it going on sale in 2019 with prices expected to start from around £21,000.

The Volkswagen Golf rival features an innovative petrol engine which - Mazda says - will return diesel-like economy. The new Skyactiv-X petrol engine uses a diesel-like compression system to improve fuel economy, as well as a small electric motor.

Available in Fastback saloon and hatch guises and launched at the Los Angeles motor show, the new Mazda 3 is based on the firm's new Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture.

The new model takes styling cues from the larger Mazda 6. It features a lower, longer bonnet than before, while slim LED headlights are incorparated into the grille.

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“The all-new Mazda3 we unveil today begins a new era for Mazda,” said Mazda’s representative director, president and CEO, Akira Marumoto.

“The next generation of Mazda cars will enhance the value of the car-ownership experience. Through these products, we will further raise Mazda’s brand value and work towards our goal of building ever stronger bonds with customers all over the world.”

As well as the innovative new Skyactiv-X petrol engine, the new Mazda 3 will be available with two conventional Skyactiv-G petrol engines: a 1.5- and 2.0-litre. A 1.8-litre Skyactiv-D diesel will also be sold.

The new Mazda 3 is expected to go on sale in spring 2019, with deliveries starting soon after.

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Comments

HighlanderUK    on 30 November 2018

good looking car, especially fastback in machine grey. Skyactiv-X looks to be very promising.

hopefully they start to add some serious needed turbo power to the petrol models.

mmmmm    on 2 December 2018

Please MAZDA UK, can you make sure the traditional glass sunroof (NOT panoramic) as shown on the press cars, is available in the UK market spec cars option list, thank you.

SteveLee    on 3 December 2018

good looking car, especially fastback in machine grey. Skyactiv-X looks to be very promising. hopefully they start to add some serious needed turbo power to the petrol models.

I doubt if turbo models will arrive - these are effectively compression ignition petrol engines (the same technology Rover were working on 25 years ago before the forced introduction of cats scuppered them) petrol has much lower anti knock proprieties than diesel, any amount of boost will take you quickly from controlled compression-ignition to engine wrecking detonation - it's already a very fine line - one that makes turbocharged applications almost an impossibility - perhaps piggybacking a water injection system is the answer?...

gavsmit    on 5 December 2018

I don't like the styling (especially the huge gaping front grill) and where to put the number plate is obviously an after-thought. The Hyundai i30 fastback looks much better.

And after owning a Mazda that was the worst car and ownership experience in 30 years of driving, with the car / dealership / Mazda UK all letting me down abysmally, I take the quote "Through these products, we will further raise Mazda’s brand value and work towards our goal of building ever stronger bonds with customers all over the world." with a large pinch of salt.

Ivan Hales    on 5 January 2019

Having bought several top spec Mazda cars over the last couple of decades, I do not think ( well, I KNOW) I will ever buy another one.

I could not agree more with gavsmit's comment (of 5th December, above).
My latest purchase in a 2.2 litre petrol sport whose dasboard gives continuous false error messages and a service main dealer that cannot solve any problem with the car.

Having suffered dreadful main Mazda dealers from London to many miles north and west from London. When Mazda is notified directly the dealers become agressive and self-righteous.

But beware, the salesmen are very "good" , but only at their own job (just selling cars) and slick and like the front desk of the service dept., never listen to what is being said to them. Bye Bye Mazda and good ridance.

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