The new Mazda3 is a continuation. The designers at Mazda have developed a reputation for creating vehicles that stand out from other manufacturers in countless ways, and the new Mazda3 doesn’t buck the trend. Improving upon an already award-winning car is a difficult task, but the designers have outdone themselves.
Andrew Clearwater, Mazda New Zealand Managing Director is someone that continues to be amazed with the skill and ability of the Mazda design team in Japan.
“The exterior changes they have made to the Mazda3 have resulted in a vehicle that gives off a sense of dynamism while at the same time highlights Mazda’s commitment to quality.
“In New Zealand the Mazda3 has been one of the top selling vehicles in our line up and with the changes they’ve made to the new model we are confident this will continue. The subtle design cues accentuate the body’s wide stance and give an impression of elegance combined with honed dynamism – a fantastic combination that will attract the attention of New Zealand motorists.”
The new Mazda3 gets a new grill treatment featuring a lower positioned brand symbol and bolder signature wings. In keeping with the vehicle’s quality look the front indicators are integrated into the chrome fog lamp bezels.
The SP25 Limited model gets a new LED headlamp design resulting in a sharper front face and along with the SP25 it also gets 18-inch dark gloss alloy wheels and privacy tinted glass for rear and side windows.
Like the new Mazda CX-9, the Mazda3 gets the same updated steering wheel design with a smaller centre pad and steering switches on a single level. The steering wheel is wrapped in genuine leather providing a firm smooth grip.
Mazda have always placed emphasis on safety, and reducing driver distractions are central to this. The new Mazda3 features a driving display that has been enhanced with information on the driving environment displayed on the top half of the screen and information on the vehicle below. It is also easier to read with upgraded colour, brightness, definition and contrast. On top of this, it has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, making it an incredibly safe vehicle.
The new model is particularly effective in slippery conditions such as rain or snow, something that is suited to the New Zealand roads. This is due to its G-Vectoring Control (GVC) technology, which provides more effective control in all driving situations by varying engine torque in response to steering inputs.
The engine comes in two options – a 115kW 2.0L and a 137kW 2.5L, both SKYACTIV-G models. If you want an old-school manual transmission however, you’re restricted to the SP25 model, otherwise its automatics across the board.
Amazingly, with all these improvements and additions, the pricing starts from $32,795 for the base GLX edition and they all come with a 5 year unlimited km warranty and 3 years of scheduled servicing at no additional costs.