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Revised: Mazda3 will sport smarter engines and better noise insulation.

Upgraded Mazda3 hatch and sedan get lost in the turbocharged MPS limelight at Geneva

10 Mar 2006

ALTHOUGH all eyes were trained on the new Mazda3 MPS turbo at the Geneva motor show opening on February 28, the Japanese manufacturer also chose Geneva to unveil its facelifted Mazda3 sedan and hatch.

Minor tweaks to the front enhance the car’s already popular looks with a deeper air intake on the sedan to mimic the Mazda6, as well as revised foglights, alloy wheels and improved aerodynamics.

The Mazda3’s MZR 2.0-litre engine now features sequential valve timing and an electronic throttle, boosting power and torque. The 2.3-litre engine that powers the popular SP23 models also gets an electronic throttle.

A six-speed manual or five-speed automatic will be offered on the SP23 sedan and hatch. Overall, comfort has also been significantly upgraded with more insulation against road noise, revised tyres and reduced suspension vibration.

The Mazda3 MPS and the updated Mazda3 range will arrive in Australia during the second half of the year. Specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.

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