Mazda3 is back with a new look but more importantly new technology under the hood. It features what Mazda calls the G-Vectoring Control (GVC) innovation that engages by finely controlling engine torque that is based on the steering and acceleration of the driver, resulting in improved handling for the driver and ride quality for the passengers around corners. G-Vectoring Control will be introduced to future new-generation models starting with the new-look Mazda3.
The Mazda3 model range has been enhanced with the addition of the Mazda3 2-litre Astina Plus derivative. The new Mazda3 is available as either a hatchback or sedan. 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 Sport Monitoring.
However, Mazda3 is still available with the 1.6-litre engine with a maximum power output of 77kW and a maximum torque of 144Nm. The price for the basic 1.6 –litre model starts at N$259,000 and would top at somewhere above N$300 000 depending on the optional features on the car.
The 2-litre model is priced from N$332 000 and has a maximum power output of 121kW as well as a maximum torque of 210Nm. For that Mazda has also thrown in the advanced keyless entry in the basic model. The price reaches somewhere around N$410 000 depending on the optional features one wants on the car.
Interior enhancements on the new-look Mazda3 range include standard Bluetooth from entry model, standard Cruise Control on Individual models and the introduction of Auto Shift Switch, also known as Paddle-shift on the 6-speed automatic transmission models.
The exterior enhancements comprise of 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.
Backed up by a 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty, the new-look Mazda3 is designed and built to the highest standard of performance and reliability. For complete peace of mind motoring; a 3-year roadside assistance, a 3-year service plan and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty are also included.