Next-gen Mazda3 for the US market will cost nearly US$ 3,000 more than its predecessor

The redesigned Mazda3 which made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November will go on sale in the U.S. market starting March will be priced at US$21,000 in the sedan version and at US$23,600 for the hatchback, excluding $895 for destination.

The new sedan will cost US$2,905 more than a 2018 model, while the hatchback increased US$4,255 over its predecessor. Sedan models will be available in base, Select, Preferred and Premium trims, while the hatchback will be offered only in base, Preferred and Premium trims.

For now, the only engine available is a naturally aspirated, 2.5-liter I4, with 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, though a six-speed manual transmission is available, but only for the US$27,500 Mazda3 Premium hatchback with front-wheel drive. All sedan and all-wheel-drive models will feature the automatic gearbox.

The most affordable option to get the all-wheel drive is on the US$24,000 Mazda3 select sedan. The most expensive Premium AWD sedan and hatchback variants will cost US$27,900 and US$28,900, respectively.

The Mazda3 sedan comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels and cloth seats, while the hatchback gets 18-inch wheels and leatherette seating. All Mazda3s get LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch TFT gauge cluster display and pushbutton start. An 8-inch infotainment display is also standard, and higher trim levels get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

First units to hit the U.S. market will be imported from Japan, but sedans will be sourced from the assembly plant in Salamanca, Guanajuato once retooling process in done.

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