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Mazda MX-3

Mazda MX-3 (Japan, 1991-1998)

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The Mazda MX-3 is a three-door hatchback front-wheel drive coupe that accommodates four adults, two in the front seats, and two more in the rear. It is not a 2+2 coupe, but an acceptable four seat car, with adequate luggage carrying capacity that can be increased by folding the rear seatback.

The Mazda MX-3 is equipped with rack-and-pinion steering with engine-rpm sensing power assistance as standard equipment.

The MX-3 is offered with two engine series, the type B6E 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder engine and the all new type K8D 1.8-litre V6. The type B6E four cylinder engine employs single overhead camshaft, operating four valves per cylinder and an electronically controlled multi-port fuel injection system. The B6E engine is offered with the F-type five-speed transaxle. Optionally available is the F-4EA T electronically controlled tour-speed automatic transaxle which incorporates a torque converter lockup facility in the fourth gear to improve fuel economy.  The premium engine offered in the Mazda MX-3 is an all new aluminium V6 engine, the type K8D, which features dual overhead camshafts on each bank of cylinders operating four valves per cylinder. Both the B6E and K8 engines run on regular grade unleaded gasoline (minimum RON octane number 90.)


The power unit is mounted transversely at the front of the car, and drives the front wheels via equallength drive shafts.


The MX-3's all independent suspension system features MacPherson struts at the front and rear TTL-located struts. It is also fitted with the Electronically Controlled 4-wheel ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)

According to Mazda, “the Mx-3 was conceived, designed and developed to be unique and expressive. No conventional wisdom dictated its character or specifications. The MX-3 product planning and design team set out to redefine and revolutionalize the compact speciality car, as their colleagues had successfully done to the affordable sports car concept in the MX-5.”



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