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Mazda 3 will be 30 percent more fuel efficient


The entry- and mid-level models in the third-generation Mazda 3 range will be powered by a 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which is a slightly revised version of the engine currently part of the Mazda 3 SP20 Skyactiv makeup.

The new Mazda 3 model will add the six-speed automatic ‘Skyactiv-Drive’ transmission which will make the new model drink up only 5.7 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, thus saving about 30 percent over the current base-grade 2.9-litre engine – rated at 8.2L/100km, and eight percent when you compare it with the SP20.

Similar savings will also be seen with the new 138k@/250Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine meant for this new-generation Mazda 3 SP25, despite it being capable of producing 16kW and 23Nm more power and torque. This means that the combined cycle consumption will be slashed from 8.6 to 6.0L/100km.

These rather impressive fuel economy gains are the result of the all-new Mazda 3 embracing brand’s full complement of Skyactiv technologies, such as more efficient drivetrains, lightweight materials and aerodynamic designs, all of which contribute to a weight saving of anywhere between 50 to 100kg.

The new Mazda 3 will also benefit from a bunch of new and advanced safety technologies from the Japanese carmaker’s ‘i-ActiveSense’, such as blind spot monitoring and smart city brake support, which are meant to help in the prevention of front-end collisions by decreasing the car’s speed when sensors detect a slow-moving or stopped vehicle in front and automatically applies the brakes if necessary.

The high-end models will also feature the head-up active driving display which will present speed, navigation as well as other important driving information data.

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