Mazda UK has announced the price list for the new upgraded Mazda3, which starts at just £13 495 OTR meaning a £2 300 saving for the 1.6 TS model.

The 2012 Mazda3 Upgraded features a new face, new rear bumper and new twist-spoke alloy wheels. The interior boasts new materials and colours, improved ease-of-use for the driver, new equipment and a quieter cabin.

"We anticipate that the upgraded Mazda3 will enable us to increase sales of our C-segment contender during 2012. Mazda3 was already a great car and the changes to the upgraded model are subtle but every one makes a difference to either fuel economy or driving feel." said Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.

"The outgoing Mazda3 was the second-best selling Mazda model in the UK and took us into different segments of the retail and fleet markets.  The 1.6 diesel has been hugely popular and the 2.2 diesel with 185ps is still the highest power C-segment diesel model of any brand available in the UK market place. The introduction of the more sporty exterior, more premium interior and two new Sport models with the 1.6 diesel powertrain for 2012, plus worthwhile fuel consumption and CO2emissions reductions, means we are confident that the upgraded Mazda3 will attract a growing number of consumers to our brand", he added. .

The new Upgraded model also features fine-tuned suspension and steering to deliver better handling and comfort. The super-efficient Mazda 1.6-litre diesel, available in six versions of Mazda3, is a lightweight, compact and extremely efficient unit.

The standard equipment includes manual AC and electric front windows (entry-level S model), TS adds dual-zone climate control, TS2 specification features a heated windscreen and integrated Bluetooth hands-free system, Sport models are fitted with 17" alloy wheels and a Bose audio system with 10 speakers, and Sport Nav models have a fully integrated, SAT NAV system.

The Launch Edition Mazda3 Tamura is also available from £15 955 OTR. It exceptional value with a sports styling pack, front fog lights and unique 17" black gloss diamond cut alloy wheels. Available in a choice of four colours including: Aluminium Silver Metallic, Autumn Bronze Mica, Black Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent.

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Source: Mazda