Finally, some details about the much-anticipated 2015 Mazda3 have been released. While auto-analysts are not sure whether this next-generation Mazda will be a hatchback or sedan (or hopefully both), they do know that the Mazda3 will sport an all-new look. Mazda has confirmed that they will be testing their new Kodo design on the Mazda. Soon, this unique Kodo design will be available across Mazda’s entire lineup as well.
Based on the few pictures that were released, we can see a redesigned grill that strongly resembles the iconic CX-5 crossover and new Mazda6 sedan’s chrome grille. The next-generation Mazda3 is also expected to feature Skyactiv technologies to be paired with the 2.0-liter gas engine that powers the current model. The all-new Mazda3 is also expected to be much lighter and fuel-efficient than previous models.
While the next-generation Mazda3 will be available for the 2015 model year, final production of the hatchback/sedan may be completed by the end of this year. Hopefully, as specs are finalized, we will release more information and photos very soon!
Mazda’s new 2014 Mazda CX-5 crossover is giving drivers an experience like never before. Mazda’s new crossover will debut a 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine delivering 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft. of torque. This is a 29 horsepower and 35 lb-ft. of torque upgrade from Mazda’s existing 2.0-liter engine. With more power and efficiency, the CX-5 has successfully beat-out several competing crossovers in its class.
While boasting more power, the new 2.5-liter engine will not guzzle anymore gas. The Skyactiv engine has been rated as returning 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway for front-wheel driving. The all-wheel-drive models are not much different, rated at 24 city/ 30 highway mpg. This is about two miles per gallon less than the 2.0-liter engine was returning, which is impressive for such a powerful engine. One of the reasons for these great efficiency ratings is the much lighter body the new Mazda CX-5 is sporting as well.
The new small crossover also received a few small technology upgrades. The Mazda CX-5 now features Smart City Brake Support. This system uses a laser sensor that is mounted at the top of the windshield to detect objects on the road ahead. If an object is detected, the brake system is pressurized to reduce brake-piston travel and quicken braking times. SCBS also has the ability to automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to do so.
The all-new 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine will be available on the Touring and Grand Touring Mazda CX-5 models. While pricing has yet to be released, Mazda fans can expect to see the crossover at dealerships very soon.