Having sold over 6 million units since its 2003 debut, Mazda has finally refreshed the Mazda 3 moniker. The new gen Mazda 3 now adopts a minimalist design, an all-new architecture called Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, an all-wheel-drive system, and an advanced new engine technology called Skyactiv-X.
Both styles simplify Mazda’s Kodo design language. Sharing cues from the Kai concept which was showcased last year, the new 3’s get more premium and upscale design and are characterized by slim headlights, chunky C-pillar and futuristic-looking taillights.
The interior appears to be significantly upgraded. Embodying the brand’s new “Mazda Premium” push, the new Mazda 3 will be available with upgraded materials, a new steering-wheel design, and an 8.8-inch display screen. Options include a Bose audio system, numerous active-safety features, and a head-up display.
The new Mazda3 will come in several powertrain options: 1.5-, 2- and 2.5-liter gas engines as well as a 1.8-liter diesel engine. The new Mazda3 is the first model in the company’s lineup to feature its recently announced Skyactiv-X engine technology, a compression-ignition-capable tech which uses higher compression inside its cylinders to generate power more efficiently than a typical gasoline engine. Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive system will also be available with G-Vectoring Control Plus brake-powered torque vectoring.
The new Mazda 3 is slightly lower and longer than before. Mazda has swapped its predecessor’s multilink independent rear suspension for a more compact torsion-beam setup. On the other hand, the Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, according to Mazda, makes riding in a car feel as natural and stress-free as walking on your own two feet.
Safety techs include infrared camera-based Driver Monitoring System, a new Cruising & Traffic Support system and a new Front Cross Traffic Alert system. The new Mazda 3 will go on sale in the U.S. market early next year.