Mazda announced today that it will debut two new models of the Mazda3 at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show – one will be the Mazda3 i-stop and the next will be the much anticipated Mazda3 MPS (that’s Mazdaspeed3 for us stateside folk). Both models will feature Mazda’s advanced fuel-saving start-stop system.
The Mazda3 i-stop embodies what Mazda calls “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” with a new MZR 2.0 DSI (Direct-injection Spark Ignition). Working along with other eco-friendly options, the Mazda3 i-stop achieves approximately 12 percent lower fuel-consumption than the current European Mazda3.
Now down to the 2009 Ford Focus RS competitor. The new 2010 Mazda3 MPS features the same MZR 2.3 DISI turbo engine as the current model. No word yet from Mazda if the current output of 264-hp has been increased but we wouldn’t doubt it.
European and North American availability will be announced closer to its world debut in Geneva.
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