2009 Mazda3 hatchback is revealed, in detail, at the Bologna Motor Show. A high-power 2.2 turbo diesel highlights the line-up.

Mazda3 second-generation has been unveiled at the Bologna Motor Show. The car is improved in many ways, according to Mazda, from its predecessor. Europe will get its first examples in spring 2009. Two body styles are to be produced, a sedan and hatch both with four entry doors for humans and a rear door for either luggage and/ or possible human entry.

The new face of Mazda3 seems more purposeful, shows bold yet curvy lines which all seem to meet at the front wheel arch. The hatch sees a sportier rear with big rear lights and integrated bumper. Engines provided include three turbo diesels featuring Mazda unique technology Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) with reduced regeneration times.

At the bottom end is a 1.6-litre that produces 109hp (80kW) and 240Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. Next up is a 2.2-litre diesel which makes 150hp (110kW) and 360Nm for a fuel consumption average of 5.4 litres/ 100km. Same 2.2-litre comes in a ‘high power' version making 185hp (136kW) and a heady 400Nm of torque at 1,800rpm. On the petrol side a 2.0-litre leads the pack at 150hp (110kW) and 187Nm while its 1.6-litre sibling manages 105hp (77kW) and 145Nm from its engine. Five-speed manual, 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manuals are mated to these powerplants.

A sportier, more sophisticated interior is on the offer for Mazda3 buyers. They get a new multi information display unit, sports seats, 10-speaker Bose sound system, Bluetooth connectivity and a number of other things to keep them busy.

Several dynamic and safety systems are installed, like ABS, EBD, TCS, bi-xenon headlights, a tyre pressure monitoring system and parking sensors as options. A choice of wheels ranging from 15 to 17-inch sizes can be picked according to desire and affordability.


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