The new fourth-generation Mazda 3 hatchback is now available to order in the UK, with on-the-road prices starting from £20,595 and first deliveries due in May.
The hatchback will initially be offered in the UK with a choice of five trim levels and two engines: a 120bhp 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol featuring a 24V mild-hybrid system (starting from £20,595) and a 114bhp 1.8-litre Skyactiv-D (starting at £22,395) diesel. All cars will be available with a manual or automatic transmission.
The brand's innovative Skyactiv-X engine, a spark plug-controlled compression ignition petrol unit that promises dramatically improved efficiency over a standard petrol engine, will be added to the range later this year, along with the saloon model.
The new Mazda 3 introduces the firm's new Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture, an umbrella term for a number of new structures including seats that maintain the natural curve of the spine and a ring-structure bodyshell that increases rigidity, reduces transmission lag and improves noise, vibration and harshness levels.
All of these features form part of Mazda Premium, a goal by the firm to position itself more in line with traditional premium car brands.