The updated Mazda3 maintains its familiar poise and presence exterior wise, but Mazda has refreshed the exterior to emphasize the car’s horizontal form, which translates to a greater sense of width. On the profile, the 2016 Mazda3 is wider and sits lower, compared to the current Mazda3. The new color Machine Gray Metallic conveys a sense of strength and precision, thanks to high-contrast shadows and high-density finish. The new Mazda3 is offered in nine exterior hues in Sedan and Hatchback versions, including the new Eternal Blue Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic and Soul Red Premium Metallic.
Inside, the updated Mazda3 has been refined to achieve a higher level of quality for a sporty yet composed and dignified interior environment. The cabin is deemed larger than before due to refinements done on the overall breadth, left-right spread relative to the center dashboard and door trims on each side. The Mazda3 SKYACTIV-D 2.2 even takes up an electric parking brake and a high-quality, clean console design for a more premium presentation. Additionally, Seats with memory function and steering with ergonomic grip are part of the interior offerings repertoire for the new Mazda3.
Both Mazda3 engine options are paired to the reliable SKYACTIV-DRIVE (6-speed EC-AT) manual or automatic gearbox for exceptional output and torque ratings. Staggering fuel economy ratings read between 17.8km/L to 21.6km/l for the SKYACTIV 1.5 hatchback and sedan, depending on transmission options. The Mazda3 2.2 SKYACTIV-D has been rated 21.4 km/l (manual) and 19.6 km/l (auto), based on preliminary findings.
The 2016 Mazda3 really stands out when it comes to the new-generation of SKYACTIV technologies, or as Mazda deems it, SKYACTIV Vehicle Dynamics. Two of the offerings as part of the SKYACTIV Vehicle Dynamics are G-Vectoring (GVC) and Natural Sound Frequency. GVC is a control technology that varies engine torque in response to steering inputs in order to provide integrated control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces. On the other hand, Natural Sound Frequency Control, the another new technology instilled in the updated Mazda3, reduces diesel knock in the SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine for a more pleasant engine sound. The other component that made up the Natural Sound Frequency Control is the Natural Sound Smoother.
Corresponding technology highlights for the new Mazda3 also include the i-ACTIV AWD, a new-generation all-wheel-drive system, Enhanced Active Driving Display, i-ACTIVSENSE suite, Mazda’s first Traffic Sign Recognition System, Adaptive LED Headlights and Advanced Smart City Brake Support.
The updated Mazda3 is also available in a Hybrid Sedan version, which is powered by SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine and motor combination. All three variants of the Mazda3 Hybrid is paired to an Electric Continuously Variable transmission.