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Mazda3 MPS unleashed onto New Zealand market


Redesigned performance model follows hot on the heels of the Mazda3

The Mazda3 MPS is a powerful front-wheel drive sports compact, delivering performance through an updated MZR 2.3-litre Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbo petrol engine, claiming 0-100kph in 6.1 seconds.

The exterior has been completely redesigned to ooze sportiness, including the new air intake for the intercooler in the centre of the bonnet, sculpted side spoilers and large floating rear spoiler. New LED tail lamps have been added with an inner lens.

Mazda says the radical exterior design means better aerodynamics with a seven per cent improvement on the drag coefficient of the previous model. This is due to the car’s large front and rear bumpers, rear roof spoiler, and front under spoiler as well as the shape of the A-pillars and door mirrors. This translates to more stability and control when travelling straight, changing lanes or overtaking other vehicles at high speeds.

Newly developed 18x7.5J alloy wheels share the design theme of the Mazda RX-8, and the tyres of the MPS are wider than those of the previous model.

Mada says the interior design is all about driver comfort, with an arc-shaped dashboard, large centre console and driver-orientated wrap-around cockpit. Semi-bucket front seats with leather upholstery and three position memory match the car’s sporty performance.

Like the new Mazda3 SP25, the MPS adopts the new top-mounted Multi Information Display (MID) to provide the driver with information on audio, fuel calculators, safety alerts and maintenance reminders. Rain-sensing wipers, dual zone climate control and an auto day/night mirror provide are also standard.

Andrew Clearwater, Mazda New Zealand Managing Director, said this model further strengthens the new Mazda3 line-up.

“We’ve had a great response to the new Mazda3 from both the motoring media and the public since it launched in April. We expect the MPS to build on this momentum and I’m sure the car will be turning a few heads over the coming months with a new look befitting a high-performance model,” said Clearwater.

The Mazda3 MPS is available in four exterior colours including Black Mica, Velocity Red Mica, Aluminium Metallic and the new Celestial Blue Mica.

See the Mazda3 MPS for sale here.

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