Mazda3 send on a new trajectory

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 26, 2016

One its strongest local sellers, Mazda has introduced a revised version of its 3 compact sedan and hatch, with the biggest addition being the firm’s new G-VECTORING Control system.

Reserved only for models fitted with the flagship 2.0-litre engine, the system is claimed to enhance chassis performance as per Mazda’s Jinba-Ittai principle i.e. horse (car) and rider as one, and varies the engine’s torque in response to steering input so as to provide a smooth flow and optimised load on each wheel.

In addition, the system will restrict torque output when steering slip is detected, with more downforce being shift to the front wheels to prevent understeer.

Externally, the 3 also gains a number of slight revisions, consisting of a slightly lower badge, redesigned foglights, new alloy wheels and side skirts, while hatch models feature a revised rear end with new light clusters and bumper.

Inside, all models now feature Bluetooth audio streaming with automatic models also equipped with steering wheel mounted paddles. Entering as the new flagship model, the Astina Plus boasts a raft of safety items namely Adaptive LED Headlights, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Smart City Brake Support and Driver Attention Alet. The previous flagship Astina now also comes fitted with Blind Sport Monitoring.

Up front, the 3’s engine line-up remains unchanged with Original, Active and Dynamic models again making use of a 1.6-litre petrol engine that makes 77 kW and 144 N.m of torque. A five-manual transmission is standard with a four-speed automatic being optional only on the latter. Fuel consumption is a claimed 6.2 L/100 km for the manual and 6.0 L/100 km for the auto, with emissions coming in at 147 g/km and 142 g/km respectively

Completing the range, Individual, Astina and Astina Plus continue to use Mazda’s 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G engine with 121 kW and 210 N.m of torque on tap. Transmission choice comprise of a six-speed manual or similar ratio automatic, the latter standard on the Astina and Astina Plus. Mazda claims a combined consumption of 5.9 L/100 km and 5.8 L/100 km with emissions rated at 140 g/km and 139 g/km.

A three year / unlimited km warranty and service plan is standard on all models.

 

PRICING

SEDAN

MODEL POWER PRICE
1.6 Original 77 kW / 144 N.m R253 400
1.6 Active 77 kW / 144 N.m R266 300
1.6 Dynamic 77 kW / 144 N.m R279 400
1.6 Dynamic AT 77 kW / 144 N.m R290 400
2.0 Individual 121 kW / 210 N.m R326 400
2.0 Individual AT 121 kW / 210 N.m R338 400
2.0 Astina AT 121 kW / 210 N.m R372 900
2.0 Astina Plus AT 121 kW / 210 N.m R402 400

 

HATCH

MODEL POWER PRICE
1.6 Original 77 kW / 144 N.m R258 900
1.6 Active 77 kW / 144 N.m R271 800
1.6 Dynamic 77 kW / 144 N.m R284 900
1.6 Dynamic AT 77 kW / 144 N.m R295 900
2.0 Individual 121 kW / 210 N.m R331 900
2.0 Individual AT 121 kW / 210 N.m R343 900
2.0 Astina AT 121 kW / 210 N.m R378 400
2.0 Astina Plus AT 121 kW / 210 N.m R407 900