Mazda Canada has announced that official pricing for the all-new 2014 Mazda3 will continue to start at $15,995 MSRP for the base-level GX model, the same as for the outgoing model.
The starting price for the mid-range GS model also remains unchanged, at $19,695, while that of the top-of-the-line GT model is reduced by $140 to $25,855.
Key features of the new Mazda3, which will go on sale in October, include a full complement of the company's SkyActiv Technologies and its Kodo "Soul of Motion" design language, as well as availability of new technologies such as the capacitor-based i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.
Both 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre gasoline engines will be available, depending on model.
Base-level GX and mid-level GS models are powered by a SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, while the top-of-the line GT gets a 2.5-litre version rated at 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel consumption for the 2.0-litre engine with six-speed manual transmission is 6.8 L/100km in the city and 4.8 L/100 km on the highway. When equipped with an optional six-speed automatic transmission, it improves to 6.7/4.7 L/100 km
A six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a new Sport mode is standard equipment on the GT model. Pressing the Sport mode adjusts the shift mapping, as well as throttle response, to match driving conditions.
Fuel consumption for the GT trim is 7.2 L/100 km in the city, and 5.1 L/100 km on the highway. When equipped with i-ELOOP in the Technology Package, fuel economy is improved even further to 7.1 and 5.0 L/100km (city/highway).
We'll have a full report on our First Drive of the Mazda3 in the near future.