MotorTrend - 2010 Mazda3 To Get 167-Hp, 2.5L MZR Engine
Posted Yesterday 04:29 PM by Scott_Evans
Category: Auto News, Mazda, Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda MAZDA3, Sedans, Midsize
Last month, Mazda dropped photos of the redesigned Mazda3 on the Web without any details, so we were forced to speculate on what changes might be lurking under the new sheetmetal. Today, just barely ahead of the official unveiling at the Los Angeles auto show, Mazda has sprinkled a few details onto the Web to whet our appetites, the most significant of which is the inclusion of the 167-hp 2.5L MZR engine.
In our first look at the new Mazda3, we speculated that engine options would likely included a 2.0L inline four-cylinder producing about 150 hp and a 2.5L four-cylinder we knew little about. Now that we know the 2.5L engine will produce 167 hp, we're curious to see what the final numbers on the smaller mill will be, as it wouldn't seem to make much sense to offer two engines with a difference of only 17 hp.
For that information, we'll have to wait one more day. For now, Mazda also released a few other interesting tidbits. On the mechanical side of things, the all-new Mazda3 will have adaptive, self-leveling, bi-Xenon headlights, a claimed class-leading 0.29 Cd, and claimed class-leading noise levels in the cabin. Driver amenities will include keyless entry, push-button starting, Bluetooth cell-phone and portable audio player integration, a "strategically placed" driver information center, power seats with memory, and a 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround-sound audio system.
Mazda says only the sedan model of the Mazda3 will be at the Los Angeles auto show. The hatchback version is expected to make its debut shortly thereafter.
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