The new Mazda 3 range, which goes on sale in the UK later this year, will include both hatchback and fastback-style saloon body styles.

Both models share the same 2,700mm wheelbase, although the saloon is 120mm longer overall and features an altered roof, rear window, rear wings and boot lid.

The rear seats on both models fold almost completely flat, while the saloon’s boot opening has been widened by 100mm for ease of loading, and boasts a 419 litre capacity.

The saloon is the more aerodynamic of the two, boasting a 0.258 Cd drag coefficient versus the hatchback’s 0.275.  It’s also slightly lighter at 1,196kg in comparison to the hatch’s 1,200kg.

A choice of one diesel and three petrol engines will be available from launch, with various SkyActiv technologies such as start/stop and brake energy regeneration on the high-power petrol model.

A new 100PS 1.5-litre petrol engine kicks the range off with 56.4mpg combined cycle economy and emissions of 118g/km.  The 2.0-litre petrol is available in two states of tune – 120PS and 165PS – the former returning 55.3mpg and 119g/km.  The high power version is still respectable with 48.7mpg and 135g/km.

The 150PS diesel model has a useful 380Nm of torque, and boasts 72.4mpg economy and 104g/km emissions, the lowest of the range.