Mazda has officially unveiled the 2014 Mazda3 hatchback. The new Japanese model comes with a modern look thanks to Kodo-Soul of Motion philosophy and with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.
The new Mazda3 has a wheelbase of 2.700 millimeters which is 61 mm longer than the previous generation. The Japanese model is 45.6 mm shorter than the current version but it gains 40.6 mm in width. According to Mazda officials "the rear seatbacks are nearly 52 mm taller for added passenger comfort".
Under the hood we will see the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 liter engine that will be offered later on in North America. At launch, the 2014 Mazda3 will have two four-cylinder petrol units. We are talking about the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 liter engine with 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft peek of torque and the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 liter with 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft peek of torque.
In standard, the units will be available with SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission but an automatic SKYACTIV-Drive gear box will be on the option list.
On the new 2014 Mazda3 hatchback we will also see the new i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system which stores the electricity generated when the vehicle decelerates.
Inside the cabin the customers will find the new i-ACTIVSENSE system which includes High Beam Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Obstruction Warning, Smart City Brake Support and Radar Cruise Control.