With the newest manifestation of the KODO – Soul of Motion design theme, state-of-the-art features and cutting-edge Skyactiv technology, the Mazda 3 stands out in the very popular medium passenger car market.
The model range has been enhanced with the addition of a 2,0 litre Astina Plus derivative to the Mazda 3 range. Available in four-door and five-door, the new Astina Plus model comes with advanced safety features that include Smart City Brake Support, Adaptive LED headlights, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring, which is also available on the Astina derivative.
Interior enhancements on the new look Mazda 3 range, which is still available in both 1,6 litre and 2,0 litre engines, includes standard Bluetooth from the entry models, standard Cruise Control on individual models and the introduction of Auto Shift Switch or paddle shifts on the six-speed automatic transmission models.
On the outside, the Mazda 3 demonstrates a powerful stance, dynamic flowing lines and the general good looks of the KODO theme. With unconventional Skyactiv technology of ultra-efficient, lightweight engines and transmissions on a proven body and chassis system, the Mazda 3 offers a level of performance and driving dynamics mirrored by its looks.
Exterior enhancements comprise an updated Mazda badge that sits slightly lower than the current model, redesigned fog lights, alloy wheels and side skirts. The back of the hatch received a redesign to make it look sleeker, and new exterior colours have been introduced.
Mazda’s engineers have managed to make extreme compression both effective and economical with the Mazda 3 delivering enviably low fuel consumption and C02 emissions. Yet, more than ever, it still lives up to its sporty compact label thanks to smooth, linear acceleration and precise, nimble handling. It combines an arsenal of high-tech active safety technology with innovative occupant and pedestrian-focused passive safety measures.
As a continuation of Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, Mazda has now introduced Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics. This is a series of new-generation vehicle motion control technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the sense of connectedness between the car and driver.
The G-Vectoring Control is the first innovation from this series. G-Vectoring control was born of Mazda’s human-centered development philosophy and the novel idea of using the engine to enhance chassis performance. It is the world’s first control system to vary engine torque in response to steering inputs in order to provide integrated control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces, and optimise the vertical load on each wheel for smooth and efficient motion.
The system detects steering inputs and slightly restricts engine torque output to shift vehicle weight forward slightly, adding more down force to the front tyres, leading to more direct handling.
G-Vectoring control will be introduced to future models, and makes its first introduction on the new-look Mazda 3.
The Mazda 3 is backed up by a 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty, 3-year roadside assistance, 3-year service plan and a 5-year corrosion warranty.