Mazda3 i-stop features stop-start technology that provides a 12 percent improvement in fuel economy. The Mazda3 MPS is a performance variant with a 2.3 liter direct injection turbocharged engine with 260 hp and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque.

Mazda has released details of two Mazda3 variants which will be taking their first public bows at the Geneva motor show next month.

First up is the Mazda3 i-stop. The i-stop features Mazda's new stop-start technology and is coupled with the MZR 2.0 DISI, a direct injection engine producing 150 hp and 138 lb·ft (187Nm) of torque. Together the two technologies create a 12 percent improvement in fuel economy for the Mazda3 over the previous 2.0 liter version.

Next up is the Mazda3 MPS, the performance variant of the Mazda3 which comes with the MZR 2.3 liter DISI turbocharged engine with 260 hp and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of cranking power. The DISI stands for Direct Injection Spark Ignition. Direct injection technology allows for both improved performance and economy.

Both variants are scheduled to go on sale in Europe shortly after their Geneva debut. The Mazda3 will compete in Europe's largest and most competitive car segment, going up against the likes of the VW Golf, Opel Astra and the Renault Megane.


Gallery: New Mazda3 MPS and Mazda3 i-stop Revealed Ahead of Geneva Premiere

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