Spy shots that we have received of 2015 Mazda 3 were quite real since now we are getting images that show pretty much identical vehicle. Here is the hatchback version of new Mazda 3 even there are not all details available we know a lot about this vehicle.
It is expected that the European version will be offered with 1.5 and 2.0 liter engines from familiar Skyactive lineup and these engines will produce 99, 118 and 163 hp depending on the tuning and the displacement. We are pretty sure that for the EU market there will be diesel unit and that should be the 2.2 liter version that we were able to see in Mazda 6.
Diesel Version Of Mazda 3
For the U.S. market we expect to see 2.0 liter Skyactive engine and more powerful 2.5 liter unit that is available in Mazda 6 and CX-5. Just as always there are only slim chances that the diesel model will be offered on the U.S. market. It is a shame since it represents really good combination and can compete head to head with vehicles like Golf TDI.
We still do not have any information’s about the weight of 2015 Mazda 3 but we do expect to see it significantly lighter than previous model. This should allow it to achieve better fuel economy and performances but also to provide better handling and more fun to drive experience.
More details reveal that the 2.0 liter unit that will be offered in North America will be producing 155 hp while we hope to see diesel unit also in this car. Since the sales start in September there are still chances that we will see this version also.
2015 Mazda 3 Review
According to reports production will start in Japan first and later, probably in spring of 2014 will start in Mexico plant. Compared to previous model it should provide about 2.4 inches longer wheelbase and 1.8 inch inches shorter body. Expectations say that it should come with couple hundred pounds lighter body than before.