Facelifted Mazda3 offers more tech and styling choices



Since its debut in 2003 the Mazda3 has earned a reputation as one of the most iconic hatchbacks on the road, and quickly became Mazda’s best-selling model worldwide.

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The sleek, modern hatch is designed to turn heads, and the recent facelift adds even more advanced technology and styling options.

In true Mazda fashion, the Mazda3 comes equipped with everything you need in a car, and more. Everything from the leather-clad multi-function steering wheel, Heads Up Display, and MZD Connect system are designed to effortlessly connect driver and vehicle.

The facelifted version now offers Android Auto and Wireless Apple CarPlay, USB Type-C connectivity, and wireless charging (Qi standard) that works on all modern smartphones. These additions ensure the Mazda3 offers buyers the latest, and most convenient, connectivity options.

Exceptional design

The Mazda3 is as beautiful to look at as it is to drive. Its low roofline and clean lines denote a wide, powerful stance. With the Mazda3, designers took the convenience of a hatchback and sculpted it into a poised and sporty vehicle with an aggressive road presence. The Mazda3 never gets lost in the crowd.

The recent facelift also adds a new exterior colour: Ceramic White. Mazda is constantly evolving its vehicle paint techniques so that every shade perfectly accentuates the design of its vehicles. This attention to detail means the Mazda3 will catch your eye in any colour.

Inside, the Mazda3 displays an elegant interior free of any fuss or clutter. The strong exterior design lines are echoed in the cabin from the purposeful dashboard and streamlined centre console to the sloped roof at the rear.

Whether it’s in Soul Red Crystal or Ceramic White, the Mazda3 is a beautiful, exhilarating, and timeless hatchback that encourages the pure joy of driving.

New line-up

Along with the facelift, Mazda has made changes to the Mazda3 model line-up which is now available in three variants:

Mazda3 1.5L Dynamic 6MT R447 500 (incl. VAT)
Mazda3 1.5L Dynamic 6AT R462 500 (incl. VAT)
Mazda3 2.0L Astina 6AT R565 700 (incl. VAT)
The 1.5 Litre Manual in-line 4-cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT Petrol (SKYACTIV-G) with i-stop delivers 88kW @ 6,000 rpm and 153 Nm @ 4,000 rpm.

The 2.0 Litre in-line 4-cylinder 16 valve DOHC S-VT Petrol (SKYACTIV-G) with i-stop delivers 121kW @ 6,000 rpm and 213 Nm @ 4,000 rpm.

About Mazda SKYACTIV Technology

Mazda SKYACTIV Technology is an umbrella term for Mazda’s constant evolution in improving its vehicle technology to deliver excellent performance, lower emissions, and precise driving dynamics. This approach covers everything form chassis development to steering and fuel consumption. 

About Mazda KODO design

KODO Design is Mazda’s way of breathing soul and personality into metal, wood and leather using traditional tools, outstanding craftsmanship and the passion of an artist. As with traditional Japanese crafts, we start with a simple, sculpted form and as we create, we design to achieve beauty without distraction or clutter.

Mazda starts every interior with one focus: connecting the driver with their car. The company builds every vehicle around the driver and engineers technologies with the driver in mind so that everything feels intuitive and effortless.

This approach employs advanced techniques to study how people move and react as they drive and bring engineers and designers together to design cockpits and interiors based on a human-centric approach. When driving feels natural and stress-free, it gives the driver maximum control, complete safety and the ultimate driving pleasure.

Standard across the Mazda3 range:

Heads-Up Display (HUD) - Windshield Display
Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
Auto Hold
7-Inch TFT LCD Digital Meter
Trip Computer
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Headlamps - Auto on/off
LED Headlamps
Auto Headlamp Levelling
Multi-function steering wheel with audio controls
Privacy glass (Rear side & back)
Rear centre seat armrest with cupholders
Parking sensors - Rear
Child restraint anchor points (ISOFIX)
Burglar Alarm System
Tilt & telescopic adjustable steering wheel
Height adjustable seat: Driver
Wireless Charging
Push start ignition
Power windows (One Touch): Driver & Passengers
Front rain-sensing wipers
Rear wiper with intermittent function
MZD Connect System
8-Inch Display Screen
Cruise control
Auto fold mirrors
Reverse Camera
Seat-belt occupant sensing (Front)
Engine immobiliser
Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Hill Launch Assist (HLA)
USB Type-C
Commander Dial
Android Auto™ and Wireless Apple CarPlay®
USB connectivity ports - 2 Ports
Bluetooth® hands free system
Airbags SRS: Driver, Passenger, Knee, Side & Curtain
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Overhead sunglass storage box
Leather-wrapped gear shift knob
Power fold mirrors
Seat-belt warning: Front & Rear
High mount brake lamp
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
Auto door lock
The top of the range Mazda3 2.0L Astina 6AT adds to the above with:

18" Alloy wheels (Grey Metallic)
Air-conditioning: Dual-zone climate control
Frameless Auto dimming rear-view mirror
Smart keyless entry
12 Speaker sound system
Seat trim - Black Leather
Burgundy Red Leather (Optional)
10-Way power adjustable seat: Driver
Lumbar support Power adjustable: Driver
Memory seat: Driver
Rear Combination Lamps (RCL)
Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Integrated Navigation
Rear air vents
Auto paddle transmission switches
Sunroof - Power slide & tilt glass
BOSE® Sound system

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