Mazda just unveiled the newly redesigned 2014 Mazda3 through a streaming broadcast on Xbox live last week. The redesign of the brands #1 seller will go on sale this fall and we are anxiously awaiting its arrival.
Mazda hasn’t given away all the details but they did give us some insight into what we can expect. The wheelbase on the new Mazda3 is expected to be 2.4 inches longer, lower and wider than the previous model. The pedals are aligned differently for safety and comfort. The driver will be centered above the pedals, which will be different than the standard pedal positions that are offset to the right.
An active driving pop up panel display is also an added feature on the redesigned sedan. This display will sit on top of the dashboard showing vehicle speed and navigation instructions and is designed to keep the driver more focused on the road. When the vehicle shuts off, the HUD screen will retract back into the dash. The main infotainment system also received a redesign.
The exterior of the vehicle sports Mazda’s signature KODO design language that we saw with the Mazda6 reveal. Equipped with SKYACTIV technology and a 2.0-liter engine, the vehicle will achieve 155 horsepower and 150 p/ft of torque. There will also be a second 2.5-liter engine option available that achieves 184 horsepower and 185 lb/ft of torque. Both of these engines can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic and will feature the i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system. The chassis on this redesigned compact will be 30% stiffer than the outgoing model due to the high-strength steel automakers decided to use, which also helped this model to shed around 200lbs.
We haven’t heard any specific fuel-economy numbers or pricing information yet but we will be sure to update you as soon as this information becomes available.
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