Next Generation Mazda3 gets new tech and style, but it isn’t cheap
The wraps are off the next generation Mazda3, the fourth generation of Mazda’s small car range. Mazda has revolutionised the design of both the hatch and sedan, adopting a more mature interpretation of their KODO: Soul of Motion design language.
Inside, things have been shaken up too, with a dashboard that is focused around the driver, and Mazda says that it has been tailored so that drivers can enjoy an optimum driving position, affording good visibility and ergonomics.
All gauges are more clearly legible, the newly added TFT LCD meter, windscreen projected Active Driving Display and the larger 8.8-inch infotainment display are all streamlined to reduce driver distraction.
Mazda’s infotainment system, Mazda Connect has also come in for a makeover, with improved performance and presentation, along with enhanced navigation. And, of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard.
An eight-speaker stereo is standard, with higher end models fitted with a 12 speaker Bose set-up.
The interior is crafted from finer materials, and customers have the option of rich burgundy leather in the hatch and white leather in the sedan. Comfort is further bolstered redesigned seats along with improved noise, vibration and harshness levels.
Active safety has been has been turned up a notch with all new Mazda3 models fitted with adaptive cruise control with stop and go support, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.
Higher end models are fitted with a newly developed Driver Monitoring system that uses an infrared camera to monitor the driver’s condition, Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) to monitor blind spots at the front left and right of the vehicle and Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS), which even steps in to reduce driver fatigue by assisting with accelerator, brake pedal and steering operations when stuck in traffic.
Three petrol drivetrains are on offer: 2.0L engine offers 114kW at 6,000rpm and 200Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, a 2.5 litre unit that produces 139kW at 6,000rpm and 252Nm of torque at 4,000rpm
And Mazda’s high tech SkyActivX engine will follow later.
The all-new Mazda3 range will roll into dealerships from April.
Manufacturer’s List Price:
|Vision Technology: (360° View Monitor, Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH), Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS), Driver monitoring, Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA), Smart Brake Support [Rear Crossing] (SBS-RC))||$1,500|
|Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint||$495|
|Machine Grey Metallic paint||$495|
|Polymetal Grey Metallic paint||$495|