Mazda3 Gets a Facelift


Sharper pricing and new styling and technology for Mazda3

Mazda has revised lowered the prices, improved the ride and handling, primped the styling and included a raft of important new technologies into its Mazda3 range.

Strangely, though, Mazda has dumped the 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D Diesel, the 2.0 and 2.5 litre petrol engines that produce 114kW of power and 200Nm of torque and 138kW of power and 250Nm of torque respectively. The 2.0 litre engine is fitted to the Neo, Maxx and Touring and the 2.5 litre motor is fitted to the more costly GT and Astina models.

The six-speed manual and automatic transmissions remain.

The range still opens at $20,490 for the Mazda3 Neo, but Mazda says that all other models in the range benefit from price reductions of $1,000 and $1,550.

All new models gain new i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology; including Smart City Brake Support-Forward (SCBS-F) and folding mirrors, along with an an electronic park brake on some models. Customers scan also choose from the option of three new colours: Machine Grey, Sonic Silver and Eternal Blue as well as the option of Pure White leather on some models.

Customers who select a Mazda3 Maxx or above will benefit from the inclusion of SCBS-Reverse (SCBS-R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) in addition to a digital radio.

Should you opt for a Mazda3 SP25 GT and you’ll also get Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and the range-topping Mazda3 Astina gains Lane-Keep Assist System (LAS) and Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH).

Stylistically there is a restyled front end with a new bumper, grille and lights and a new bumper at the rear. Inside, there’s higher quality materials and a new centre console that incorporates the electronic park brake.

Ride and handling have been improved by adding G-Vectoring Control in addition to electronic power steering and damper and suspension revisions. Cabin noise has also been reduced.

Pricing and range highlights are listed below:

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) for sedan and hatch

Neo6MT  $20,490
6AT  $22,490
Maxx6MT  $22,890
6AT  $24,890
Touring6MT $25,290
6AT $27,290
SP256MT $25,690
6AT $27,690
SP25 GT6MT $29,990
SP25 Astina6MT$33,490

Mazda3 Neo features include:
Drive Selector switch (auto only)
Electric folding mirrors
G-Vectoring Control (GVC)
Halogen headlamps
Rear Parking Sensors
Smart City Brake Support-Front (SCBS-F)
Traction Control System (TCS)
Mazda3 Maxx features* (additional to Neo)
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
DAB+ Digital Radio
Front Fog-lamps (LED)
Multi-function commander control
MZD Connect
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Rear-view mirror with auto dimming function
Reverse Camera
Satellite navigation
Smart City Brake Support – Reverse (SCBS-R)
Mazda3 Touring features* (additional to Maxx)
Dual-zone climate control
Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
Headlamps with auto on/off function
Leather seat trim
Power mirrors (body coloured, auto folding)
Rain sensing wipers
Mazda3 SP25 features* (additional to Maxx)
Advanced Keyless Entry
Dual-zone climate control
Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
Headlamps auto on/off function
18 inch alloy wheels
Mazda3 SP25 GT features* (additional to SP25)
All-colour Active Driving Display
Daytime running lamps (LED)
Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
LED headlamps with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
Power mirrors (heated)
Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
Mazda3 SP25 Astina features* (additional to SP25 GT)
Adaptive LED headlamps
Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW)
Lane-keep Assist System (LAS)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC)
Smart Brake Support (SBS)
18 Inch alloys (bright finish)


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