Described as the "dawn of the new era", the new model is a very important vehicle for Mazda, because it is the first to use the new Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture platform and the new Skyactiv-X engine. The latter relies on the Ignition Spark-Controlled Compression (SCCI) technology, which combines the best features of gasoline and diesel engines.
Until now, 3 new versions are available such as 5-door hatchbacks and 4-door sedans. The design is evolutionary, but it certainly makes this model stand out because it introduces a number of elements from the Vision Coupe concept. The front has an aggressive radiator grill and thin headlights. The hatchback offers a very elegant silhouette because the elegant roofline slopes down, with a curve that integrates into the back. The other pole is a sedan, which offers sharper lines.
Unfortunately, the company only confirmed the introduction of the revolutionary SCCI, which we could test at the beginning of the year. It is only said that the latest version of the Skyactiv-G 1.5 – 2.0 and 2.5 liter engines will be introduced in different markets. New things related to changes in intake manifolds and pistons, which improve fuel economy and dynamics. In some markets there will also be a 1.8 liter Skyactiv-D diesel with revised fuel injection, which also reduces fuel consumption. The unit will be available with a manual and 6-speed automatic transmission.
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Also there is no detail on the four-wheel drive version introduced for the Mazda3.
The designer approach to the interior is described as "more or less". This is a very minimalist layout of the 3-cross steering and dash wheels in the center with an 8.8-inch screen. There are a number of buttons below for the temperature control system and several onboard systems. The model continues to offer a Head-up display. What's interesting is the super thin A pillar that provides excellent visibility to the road.
The Mazda3 will make it easier for drivers to put new technology to help drive. This brand's Crash & Traffic Support (CTS) system adds congestion assistants with the ability to control acceleration, braking and reversal. The traffic warning ahead helps to avoid accidents at "blind" intersections.