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Shades of future

Mazda boosted the power of the 323 sedan and hatch with a 1.8-litre engine, and added 15-inch alloy wheels.

The wheel and tyre upgrade  which includes a full set of five-spoke alloys and 195/55R15 tyres replaces the previous 14-inch steel wheels.

All this is standard on 323 Shades models, which go on sale this week.

The Shades models have standard equipment including airconditioning, dual airbags, four-wheel-disc brakes, CD player and an alloy-look centre console. Prices start at $19,990 for the 92kW, 1.8-litre 323.

The 323 Shades series comprises the Protege sedan and Astina hatch.

Metallic paint is a no-cost option and Silver Contrail metallic paint has been added to the Astina hatch's pallet of 10 exterior colours.

A power pack, which includes electric windows and mirrors, is optional for $700, while the four-speed automatic transmission adds $1840.

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Astina 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $2,600 – 4,400 2002 Mazda 323 2002 Astina Pricing and Specs
Astina Shades 1.6L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $2,400 – 4,070 2002 Mazda 323 2002 Astina Shades Pricing and Specs
Astina SP20 2.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $2,400 – 4,070 2002 Mazda 323 2002 Astina SP20 Pricing and Specs
Protege 1.8L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $2,100 – 3,630 2002 Mazda 323 2002 Protege Pricing and Specs
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