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Mazda MAZDA3, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#1 of 2744 If you come across any news...
Jan 13, 2003 (8:50 pm)
on the Mazda3 hatch/wagon, please post it here. Thanks!
Host/Hatchbacks & Wagons.
#2 of 2744 Revka
Jan 27, 2003 (7:58 am)
Might be a good idea to link it to the Mazda3 in the Sedans or Future vehicles board (forgot where it is).
#3 of 2744 News from Nashville
Feb 03, 2003 (3:36 pm)
I talked with a national Mazda rep here at the Nashville car show a couple of weeks back. He explained the Protege/Pro5 are in their last year and are to be replaced with the new Mazda3 late this fall (Nov/Dec 03) as an 04 model. The new 5-door might be called the Mazda3 SportWagon and would likely be offered in two styles--standard and a performance package (similar to the 6) with 17s, body kit, etc. The SportWagon/5-door would have the 6's 160hp 4cyl while the regular 3 would have a smaller engine. The dash architecture will be like the 6's, with the t-shaped plastanium, etc. I love the Pro5, and more hp with improved shifting and cornering based on the 6 will be incredible. Any similar news? This is the first I have heard about the car ANYWHERE, so any news to share is good.
Feb 03, 2003 (5:18 pm)
"The SportWagon/5-door would have the 6's 160hp 4cyl while the regular 3 would have a smaller engine."
I hope this is not true....
#5 of 2744 pricing?
Feb 04, 2003 (3:25 pm)
Mazda P5, 130hp(2.0L) 17k USD (20,2k CAD)
Mazda 6, 160hp(2.3L) 19k USD (24,3k CAD)
Mazda 6s, 220hp(v6) 21,6k USD (28,2k CAD)
Mazda3, basic 130hp(2.0L) 17,5k US
Mazda3, sport 160hp (2.3L) 19 k US
1) Wouldn't make any sense for the Mazda3 sport package to be the same price than the Mazda 6, no?
2) Would that imply a price drop in the basic Mazda3 package?
#6 of 2744 They are not....
Feb 04, 2003 (3:35 pm)
going to carry over the same 2.0L are they? Not that it's a bad engine, but it's getting kind of old.
#7 of 2744 engine
Feb 05, 2003 (3:36 am)
I have no idea, I'm speculating over price / packages..
If they offer the 2.3L 160hp on the basic package, I'd get it. 17" wheels is a bit too much...
#8 of 2744 Engines
Feb 05, 2003 (9:24 am)
The guy I talked to said the regular 3 would keep the existing 130hp engine, but we can hope they at least make some refinement if not hp changes. I agree it's OK, but getting tired.
The 5door will definitely be in the same price category as it is today, but I'm sure slightly higher given the bigger engine, etc. The 6 will add both a wagon and its own hatchback within the next year or two, so differentiation is important--he said they definitely want to keep the 3 5door the younger-market car, so it will still stay affordable. All versions of it should have the 160hp engine, regardless of wheel size or other package options.
#9 of 2744 ahh!
Feb 05, 2003 (10:49 am)
that's good news then!
I'm looking for a Mazda3, 5 doors, with the 160hp engine... but probably 15" alloy wheels and basic package.
Just looking for as much info as I can! We'll be my first brand new car, after a 1988 dodge caravan, 1988 toyota tercel hatchback (still owning it) and 1994 toyota tercel 4-dr (sold)
I hope it is as good as the P5 Thanks for your news!
I hope the picture I have is close to the production one (we'll find out in march I think?), it matches the spy car shots at least!
Feb 05, 2003 (11:56 am)
will not use the xisting engine in the Protege and P5. MAzda has a new family of MZR four cylinders that will be used in the M3 - including the 160HP 2.3.