Mazda has officially taken the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda3.
Mazda has taken the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda3 hatchback, which is now longer and leaner than before. The 2014 Mazda3 sits on a wheelbase of 106.3 inches, which is 2.4 inches longer than the previous generation, yet the hatchback is 1.8 inches shorter in length at 175.6 inches. The Mazda3’s exterior now adopts Mazda’s new Kodo design language and Mazda says that the Mazda3 five-door and sedan models will have best-in-class coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.275 and 0.255.
Under the hood, buyers in the US can choose between a 155-hp SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine and a new 184-hp SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine. The engines can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. One cool new feature is Mazda’s i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system employs a capacitor to store electricity generated when the vehicle decelerates. Brake energy regeneration systems improve fuel economy by reducing the inherent parasitic drag of the alternator when possible, to maximize the efficiency of the vehicle under all modes of operation.
Thanks to the use more high tensile-strength steel and the complete reevaluation of more than 300 separate components, the 2014 Mazda3 is around 200 pounds lighter than the last generation. The 2014 Mazda also gets new safety features like: Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Obstruction Warning, Smart City Brake Support and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.