Mazda has revealed the new Mazda 3, a stylish family hatchback alternative to the likes of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and VW Golf.
The Mazda 3 is a stylish small hatchback that is set to cost from £18,000 when it goes on sale in mid-2019.
At a glance, it looks more like a concept car than a practical family run-around, so you’ll have no difficulty telling it apart from the likes of the Ford Focus, VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra in the supermarket car park.
Inside, things aren’t quite so dramatic, but the Mazda 3’s cabin still looks a little more special than in most small family cars. It gets a slick, minimalist design with plenty of contrasting trims and a new, much wider infotainment display than the outgoing model.
Mazda’s new SkyActiv-X engine apparently combines the performance of a petrol engine with the efficiency of a diesel unit.
When it goes on sale, you’ll be able to get the Mazda 3 with a range of petrol and diesel engines, alongside what Mazda calls its SkyActiv-X petrol engine. This 2.0-litre supercharged petrol engine combines (claims Mazda) the efficiency of a diesel engine with the performance of a petrol unit. It produces 187hp which should make the car quite good fun to drive.
You’ll also be able to get the new Mazda 3 with four-wheel drive to help maximise grip in slippery conditions – perfect if you live somewhere prone to particularly harsh winter weather.
We’ve yet to drive the Mazda 3, but check out our price, specs and release date story for all the information we have so far.