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Mazda3 send on a new trajectory

By Charl Bosch - Aug 26, 2016
Mazda3 send on a new trajectory

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.




1.6 Original77 kW / 144 N.mR253 400
1.6 Active77 kW / 144 N.mR266 300
1.6 Dynamic77 kW / 144 N.mR279 400
1.6 Dynamic AT77 kW / 144 N.mR290 400
2.0 Individual121 kW / 210 N.mR326 400
2.0 Individual AT121 kW / 210 N.mR338 400
2.0 Astina AT121 kW / 210 N.mR372 900
2.0 Astina Plus AT121 kW / 210 N.mR402 400



1.6 Original77 kW / 144 N.mR258 900
1.6 Active77 kW / 144 N.mR271 800
1.6 Dynamic77 kW / 144 N.mR284 900
1.6 Dynamic AT77 kW / 144 N.mR295 900
2.0 Individual121 kW / 210 N.mR331 900
2.0 Individual AT121 kW / 210 N.mR343 900
2.0 Astina AT121 kW / 210 N.mR378 400
2.0 Astina Plus AT121 kW / 210 N.mR407 900