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Thami Masemola
Date published: 07/08/2019
Tags: Mazda3; Launch; Hatch;Sedan; Active; Dynamic; Individual; Astina
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New Mazda 3 Launched

Mazda has launched the brand new shape Mazda3 in South Africa. Certainly one of the best- known and loved models from the Japanese manufacturer, the Mazda3 comes in two shapes – hatch and sedan – as well as two engine derivatives, namely a 1.5-litre and a 2.0-litre. Both models are now available from your nearest dealership countrywide. In order to satisfy a wide range of customer preferences, Mazda has provided four trim levels for both hatch and sedan. These are – Active, Dynamic, Individual and Astina. Each comes standard with certain comfort and feature levels, with the Astina sitting atop of the entire range in terms of specifications.

The new Mazda3 is a beauty to look at, from all angles. The brand has kept its bold front grille style that looks to extend into the bonnet because of the stretching LED headlights, surrounding their logo in the shape of a soaring bird. On the sedan, elegant flowing lines extend across the side profile, with windows framed in chrome and includes rear LED lights. The hatch is the more fun and provocative model. You see this with its thick C-pillar that forms a big chunk of the rear sloping roof and the black 18-inch alloy wheels. Two exhaust tailpipes add to the drama.

Designers and engineers really went to town inside the new Mazda3, with unprecedented levels of premium materials, great build quality, high technologies and comfort creatures. Soft leather seats and a solid yet indulgent dashboard houses the model’s most advanced infotainment system in its history. The new Mazda Connect system is accessible via a 22.3cm screen and rotary knob. Information pertaining to satellite navigation, radio, Bluetooth connections, safety systems, and fuel consumption among others, is found in this system. Users can also connect their compatible smart phones through Apple Carplay or Android Auto. A 12-speaker BOSE sound system is sold with units from the Individual trim upwards.

The two engines fitted – a 1.5-litre and a 2.0-litre as previously mentioned – are both naturally aspirated, which means they are not turbocharged. The entry-level 1.5-litre produces 88kW and 153Nm of torque, while the 2.0-litre delivers 121kW and 213Nm of torque. You can specify a 6-speed manual or automatic throughout the entire range according to your own tastes, though we do recommend the smooth, easy-driving auto if you live in a traffic-prone area.

Safety features were taken care of without any question. Most are included in a package called
i-ACTIVSENSE, which includes features like Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, useful for informing you of crossing vehicles as you reverse out of a parking spot. Anti-lock Braking System, Dynamic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Assist and several airbags are standard with every model. Head-up display also comes in handy when one is driving and wishes to keep one’s eye on the road ahead.

Mazda is offering a 3-year unlimited kilometre service plan with the new Mazda3. To provide complete peace of mind motoring, a 3-year Factory Warranty, a 5-year Corrosion Warranty and 3-years Roadside Assistance are also included