Australian News - February 27, 2018

More To Love About The Mazda3

There’s now more to love about one of Australia’s favourite cars, with the stylish Mazda3 upping the ante on entry grade models, going on sale this month.

The acclaimed Mazda3 will see a range of equipment added to Neo, Maxx and Touring grades across hatch and sedan variants, to offer more appeal and even better value for money, enhancing functionality and driver comfort.

Mazda3 Neo will undergo the biggest facelift, evolving into Neo Sport with the entertainment system upgraded to MZD Connect, with multifunction command controller and DAB+ Digital Radio, plus a rear camera and two additional speakers (equalling six speakers in total).

Taking a step up to the Mazda3 Maxx, new equipment includes automatic rain sensing wipers, automatic on/off function for headlamps, dual-zone climate control and an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) to become Maxx Sport.

Lastly, Mazda3 Touring will offer more convenience and value to drivers, adopting Advanced Keyless Entry.

These new features join a long list of existing safety technologies and equipment that have won the Mazda3 the highest possible safety rating from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

All Mazda3 models offer a range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology as standard, including Smart City Brake Support-Forward (SCBS-F), while Mazda3 Maxx Sport and all grades above it get SCBS-Reverse (SCBS-R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the update will add further value to what is already one of Australia’s most loved cars.

“The Mazda3 is one of our best performing cars; it’s unmatched combination of styling, handling and performance has helped establish its position as a go-to,” said Mr Bhindi.

“By improving and adding features as standard across the range, the Mazda3 becomes an even more appealing and desirable package for our customers.”

Neo Sport, Maxx Sport and Touring grades feature the 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, while the more powerful 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine comes standard on SP25, GT and Astina variants.

Mazda3 is available with a choice of either the SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, and in eight colours, including Soul Red Crystal, Machine Grey, Sonic Silver, Eternal Blue, Titanium Flash, Snowflake White Pearl, Jet Black and Deep Crystal Blue.

The updated Mazda3 models are now on sale.

Pricing – National Drive Away Price for sedan and hatch

Neo Sport 6MT $21,490
  6AT $23,490
Maxx Sport 6MT $23,490
  6AT $25,490
Touring 6MT $25,490
  6AT $27,490
SP25 6MT $25,990
  6AT $27,990
SP25 GT 6MT $29,990
  6AT $31,990
SP25 Astina 6MT $33,490
  6AT $35,490

Editors’ Notes:

Mazda3 Neo Sport 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)
  • Reverse Camera
  • DAB+ Digital Radio
  • HMI multi-function commander control
  • MZD Connect­
  • 6 Speakers

Mazda3 Maxx Sport features* (additional to Neo Sport)

  • Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
  • Front Fog-lamps (LED)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear-view mirror with auto dimming function
  • Satellite navigation
  • Smart City Brake Support – Reverse (SCBS-R)
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
  • Headlamps with auto on/off function
  • Rain sensing wipers

Mazda3 Touring features* (additional to Maxx Sport)

  • Leather seat trim
  • Power mirrors (body coloured, auto folding)
  • Advanced Keyless Entry

Mazda3 SP25 features* (additional to Touring)

  • Advanced Keyless Entry
  • Duel-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)
  • Sunroof
  • 18 Inch alloys (bright finish)