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Just a week after the debut of the 2010 Mazda sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda has published teaser photos of the Mazda3 5-door ahead of its debut at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show. Mazda hasn’t provided much detail about the new 5-door, but we can assume most of the new features found on the sedan version will make it over to the 5-door, including the newly developed 2.5L engine.

Additional photos and full press release after the jump.

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IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 25, 2008 – Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of the all-new 2010 MAZDA3 5-Door at the Bologna Motor Show on December 3, 2008. The launch of the MAZDA3 5-Door follows on the heels of the debut of the 4-Door sedan, which made its world premiere at the current Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new MAZDA3 5-Door adopts the same characteristics as its sedan counterpart, offering sporty driving and dynamic design, together with top-class environmental and safety performance.

The all-new MAZDA3 is available with key features typically not seen in its class including:

Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio
Adaptive front-lighting system and Bi-Xenon headlights with auto leveling
Advanced keyless entry system
Push-button start
All 2010 MAZDA3 5-Door models will be equipped with the newly developed 2.5L engine, shared with the MAZDA3s 4-Door and MAZDA6i. The 2.5L engine found in the MAZDA3 produces 167 horsepower and 168 lb.-ft. of torque.

The new 2.5L engine, as well as the 2.0L engine also available on the MAZDA3i 4-Door sedan, features the world’s first vehicle catalyst to be constructed with single nanotechnology, which controls even finer material structures than nanotechnology. This new development enables Mazda to reduce its use of scarce resources such as platinum and palladium. Environmental qualities were top of mind during vehicle development, including efficient powertrains and aerodynamics that place the MAZDA3 amongst the best in class.

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