By: Lisa Harper
The new Mazda 3 has been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show, and it's already making a spectacular impression.
The latest Mazda 3 is highlighted by its distinctive look. While the availability of two distinct personalities, from a sporty dynamic hatchback to a sleek and elegant saloon, will ensure it has broad appeal.
The saloon exudes elegance, sophistication and refinement, front to back and inside and out. Whereas the hatchback has a powerful seductive stance that will fill you with anticipation of the adventures to come. Whichever body type you choose, you will be getting one of the best-looking cars to enter the mainstream car market in recent years.
A firm intent of Mazda has been to improve the efficiency and performance of the latest Mazda 3. So it will come as no surprise that it will feature the latest SKYACTIV engines. Alongside the expected 1.5 and 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and the 1.8-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine is Mazda’s trump card, a brand new SKYACTIV-X supercharged petrol engine. With an advanced Spark Plug-Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) you get instant compression ignition for performance that is similar to a diesel. It is complemented by a 24-volt mid-hybrid system to further maximise efficiency. In fact, Mazda claims its new engine will deliver around a thirty per cent efficiency gain.
Inside has been refreshed with more adjustable settings available in the front seats and the steering rack to help improve comfort. While the infotainment has grown to 8.8” for an enhanced widescreen layout. However, it will still come with a rotary dial control system.
To make sure the Mazda 3 remains at the fore of automotive safety you can expect a range of fresh safety and semi-autonomous features. Traffic Jam Assistant will accelerate, brake and steer for you in heavy traffic. While the advanced driver monitoring system will feature infrared technology and LED cameras which will monitor driver responses.
A feature we’d be happy to see as an option in the upcoming Mazda 3 is Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD system which works with the car’s vectoring to control torque distribution between the front and rear wheels. However, it is not yet clear whether UK models will benefit from this technology.
You can expect the new Mazda 3 to land in a showroom near you in the early summer 2019. Remember to follow and like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make sure you stay up to date with all the latest car news.
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