2012 Mazda3 will hit the UK market in the beginning of the next year. The Upgraded Mazda3 has more muscular visual appeal with a new front end design, a revised rear bumper and new twist-spoke alloy wheel designs.  Inside, there are new materials and colours, improved ease-of-use for the driver and a quieter cabin for all to enjoy.

Fuel economy across the range is enhanced thanks to the upgraded model's refined aerodynamics which cut its Cd to just 0.29, and handling is improved, with the upgraded Mazda3 delivering a more consistent and linear driving feel.

New models include two Sport derivatives - 1.6 Sport and Sport Nav Diesel - and new equipment including a gear-shift indicator.

With the Upgraded Mazda3, CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 3.5 percent, depending on model.  Consequently, six diesel models in the 2012 line-up are rated at just 115g/km and seven petrol models are rated at 147g/km, while only the automatic and MPS models exceed 175g/km.

"We anticipate that the Upgraded Mazda3 will enable us to increase sales of our C-segment contender during 2012," said Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.

"The changes to the Upgraded Mazda3 are subtle but every one makes a difference and enhances the generous specification already available.", he added.

Check out the full specification and price list, below!

2012 Mazda3 - upgraded

2012 Mazda3 - upgraded, 1 of 4
2012 Mazda3 - upgraded, 2 of 4
2012 Mazda3 - upgraded, 3 of 4
2012 Mazda3 - upgraded, 4 of 4

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Mazda3 1.6 S

Safety & Security

All-disc braking system with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)

Brake Override System

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

Traction Control System (TCS)

Emergency Stop Signal system (ESS)

Driver & passenger front airbags, front side airbags, front and rear curtain airbags

Active front head restraints

Front seatbelt pre-tensioners with load-limiters

ISOFIX child seat anchorages on outer rear seats

Thatcham Category 1 anti-theft alarm and immobiliser

Exterior

15-inch steel wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres

Body-coloured bumpers

Body-coloured rear spoiler

Black door handles

Heated rear window

Tinted windscreen and windows

Electric door mirrors

Comfort & Convenience

Remote central locking with dead locks

Folding jack-knife key

Electric front windows, with one-touch auto down

Manual air-conditioning

Interactive lighting

Gear-shift indicator

Remote release fuel filler flap

Interior

Black cloth trim with contrasting grey cross-threads

Height & reach adjustable steering wheel

Height adjustable driver's seat

Driver's seat adjustable lumbar support

Tilt & height adjustable steering wheel

Front centre console with storage and cup holders

Radio/Single CD audio system with 4 speakers

Auxiliary Jack for connecting MP3 players

Trip computer with outside temperature gauge

Illuminated glovebox

Passenger seatback storage pocket

Twin front sun visors with vanity mirrors

Overhead console with sunglasses holder

Digital clock

60/40 split rear seats

Mazda3 1.6 TS & 1.6D TS

Additional equipment over S model

15-inch alloy wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres

Body-coloured door handles

Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning

Electric rear windows

Power-folding, heated door mirrors

Twin front sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Leather steering wheel & gear knob

Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Two additional audio speakers (total 6)

Bright-finish interior door handles

Rear seat folding centre armrest

6-speed manual transmission (Diesel model only)

Mazda3 1.6 TS Automatic

Additional equipment over TS model

4-speed automatic transmission

Mazda3 1.6 Tamura & 1.6D Tamura

Additional equipment over TS model

17-inch ‘black gloss diamond cut finish' alloy wheels with 205/50 R17 tyres

Sports grille

Sports body-coloured side skirts

Front fog lamps

Mazda3 1.6 TS2 & 1.6D TS2

Additional equipment over TS model

16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres

Heated windscreen

Integrated Bluetooth® system

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Rain sensing front wipers & dusk sensing headlights

Cruise control

Mazda3 1.6 TS2 Nav & 1.6D TS2 Nav

Additional equipment over a TS2 model

Integrated 4.1-inch full colour satellite navigation system

Rear parking sensors

Mazda3 1.6 Sport & 1.6D Sport

Additional equipment over TS2 model

17-inch alloy wheels with 205/50 R17 tyres

Sports grille

Sports body-coloured side skirts

Sports heated front seats

Black cloth trim with contrasting reflective cross-threads

Bose® audio system with 10 speakers

Privacy glass (side and rear windows)

Enhanced interactive lighting

Mazda3 1.6 Sport Nav & 1.6D Sport Nav

Additional equipment over 1.6/1.6D Sport

Integrated 4.1-inch full colour satellite navigation system

Rear parking sensors

Mazda3 2.0 Sport Nav

Additional equipment over 1.6/1.6D Sport

Integrated 4.1-inch full colour satellite navigation system

Rear parking sensors

Smart keyless entry & engine start/stop button

i-stop sustainable technology

Mazda3 2.3 MPS

Additional equipment over 2.0 Sport Nav

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Rear Vehicle Monitoring system

18-inch alloy wheels with 225/40 R18 tyres

Body kit

Sports seats

Half leather/cloth seat trim

Dual sports exhaust system

Stainless steel scuff plates

Aluminium foot pedals

Mazda3 2.2D Sport (150ps)

Additional over a 1.6D Sport

2.2-litre diesel engine with 150ps output

Mazda3 2.2D Sport Nav (185ps)

Additional equipment over 2.2D Sport (150ps) model

Integrated 4.1-inch full colour satellite navigation system

Rear parking sensors

Smart keyless entry & engine start/stop button

Upgraded Mazda3 / Price List

Power

(ps)

'On the road'

Retail*

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

Road Fund

Licence Band

Insurance

Group

5-door

1.6 S

105

£14,995

147

F

TBC

1.6 TS

105

£15,795

147

F

TBC

1.6 TS Automatic

105

£16,695

176

I

TBC

1.6 Tamura

105

£15,995

147

F

TBC

1.6 TS2

105

£16,895

147

F

TBC

1.6 TS2 Nav

105

£17,745

147

F

TBC

1.6 Sport

105

£17,695

147

F

TBC

1.6 Sport Nav

105

£18,545

147

F

TBC

2.0 Sport Nav

151

£19,195

157

G

TBC

2.3 MPS

260

£23,395

224

K

TBC

Diesel

1.6D TS

115

£17,195

115

C

TBC

1.6D Tamura

115

£17,395

115

C

TBC

1.6D TS2

115

£18,295

115

C

TBC

1.6D TS2 Nav

115

£19,145

115

C

TBC

1.6D Sport

115

£19,095

115

C

TBC

1.6D Sport Nav

115

£19,945

115

C

TBC

2.2D Sport

150

£20,095

139

E

TBC

2.2D Sport Nav

185

£21,195

144

F

TBC

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Upgraded Mazda3

Structures

Type                           All-steel unitary body-chassis construction

Style                            Hatchback (5-dr)

Engines

Petrol

1.6 (105ps)

Type                            Four-cylinder, in-line, DOHC, 16-valve

Capacity                      1.6-litres, 1598cc

Max power                  105ps at 6000rpm

Max torque                  145Nm at 4000rpm

Availability                   S, TS, TS2, TS2 Nav, Tamura, Sport and Sport Nav

2.0 (151ps)

Type                            Four-cylinder, in-line, DOHC, 16-valve

Capacity                      2.0-litres, 1999cc

Max power                  151ps at 6200rpm

Max torque                  191Nm at 4500rpm

Availability                   Sport Nav

2.3 (260ps)

Type                            Four-cylinder, in-line, DOHC, 16-valve

Capacity                      2.3-litres, 2261cc

Max power                  260ps at 5500rpm

Max torque                  380Nm at 3000rpm

Availability                   Mazda3 MPS

Diesel

1.6D (115ps)

Type                            Turbo-diesel, four-cylinder, in-line, SOHC, 8-valve

Capacity                      1.6-litres, 1560cc

Max power                  115ps at 3600rpm

Max torque                  270Nm at 1750-to-2500rpm

Availability                   TS, TS2, TS2 Nav, Tamura, Sport and Sport Nav

2.2D (150ps)

Type                            Turbo-diesel, four-cylinder, in-line, DOHC, 16-valve

Capacity                      2.2-litres, 2184cc

Max power                  150ps at 3500rpm

Max torque                  360Nm at 1800rpm

Availability                   Sport

2.2D (185ps)

Type                            Turbo-diesel, four-cylinder, in-line, DOHC, 16-valve

Capacity                      2.2-litres, 2184cc

Max power                  185ps at 3500rpm

Max torque                  400Nm at 1800rpm

Availability                   Sport Nav

Note: all engines in all models are Euro Stage 5 compliant for emissions.

Drivetrains

1.6       2.0       2.3                   1.6D    2.2D    2.2D (185)

Type                            Transversely-mounted engine, front-wheel drive

Manual                        5-sp     6-sp     6-sp                 6-sp     6-sp     6-sp

Automatic option         4-sp     ----       ----                   ----       ----       ----

Suspension

Front    Fully independent by MacPherson struts

Rear    Independent by multi-links

Steering

Type                            Electric-assisted rack and pinion

Gearing                       2.94 turns lock-to-lock            (2.7 turns MPS)

Turning circle              10.9 metres                             (11.9 MPS)

Brakes

Front                            Ventilated discs 320-to-278mm          (depending on model)

Rear                            Solid discs 280-to-265mm                  (depending on model)

Booster diameter        10-inch                                                (8+9 twin MPS)

Standard Wheels & Tyres

S                                  Steel 15.0 x 6.0J inch             195/65 R15

TS                               Alloy 15.0 x 6.0J inch                         195/65 R15

Tamura                       Alloy 17.0 x 7.0J inch                         205/50 R17

TS2 Alloy 16.0 x 6.5J inch             205/55 R16

Sport                           Alloy 17.0 x 7.0J inch             205/50 R17

Sport Nav                    Alloy 17.0 x 7.0J inch                         205/50 R17

MPS                            Alloy 18.0 x 7.5J inch                         225/40 R18

Spare wheel                Space saver

Weights (kg)

1.6       2.0       2.3                   1.6D    2.2D    2.2D (185)

Kerb weight*               1271    1327    1417                1309    1453    1453

Maximum                    1770    1835    1925                1830    1965    1965

*excluding driver

Performance

1.6       2.0       2.3                   1.6D    2.2D    2.2D (185)

0 to 62 mph (sec)        12.2     10.4       6.1                 11.0      9.2       8.2

Top speed (mph)        112      128      155                  116      127      132

Fuel consumption (mpg) & CO2 rating (manual models)

1.6       2.0       2.3                   1.6D    2.2D    2.2D (185)

Urban                          33.6     31.0     21.4                 54.3     42.8     40.9

Extra urban                 54.3     53.3     37.7                 74.3     64.2     62.8

Combined                   44.1     42.2     29.4                 65.7     54.3     52.3

CO2 (g/km)                 147      157      224                  115      139      144

DIMENSIONS

Exterior (mm)

Overall length             4460

Overall width               1755  (excluding door mirrors)

Overall width               2002 (including door mirrors)

Overall height              1470

Wheelbase                  2640

Front track                  1530-to-1535  (depending on wheel/tyre size)

Rear track                   1515-to-1520 (depending on wheel/tyre size)

Ground clearance       155  (150, 2.2 diesel / 145, Mazda3 MPS)

Interior (mm)

Headroom

Front / Rear                   987 / 964

Legroom

Front / Rear                 1068 / 919

Shoulder room

Front / Rear                 1395 / 1371

Capacities

Luggage (litres)

Rear seats upright       340 (300 / Sport, Sport Nav and MPS models)

Rear seats down         1360  (to ceiling)

Fuel tank                     55.0 litres  (60.0 MPS)

Source: Mazda