New Mazda3 arrives with sleek styling and a revolutionary gasoline engine.
The Mazda3 has a reputation for being affordable, comfortable, and tremendously fun to drive, making it one of our favorite compact sedans we’ve ever had the pleasure of driving. Today marks a new era for the stylish sedan, as the all-new Mazda3 has debuted on the eve of the 2018 LA Auto Show in hatchback and sedan body styles, featuring a fresh new design, a revolutionary gasoline engine, and improved driving dynamics that make it even more fun to drive.
The new Mazda3 is the first production Mazda to adopt a new version of the automaker's Kodo design language. This design language was first previewed by the RX-Vision concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and the Vision Coupe concept showcased at the 2017 show, while the new Mazda3 is heavily inspired by the gorgeous Kai Concept.
Both cars look extremely stylish, thanks to their smooth curves, clean designs, and low-down hood and trunk. Mazda says the goal was to give the Mazda3 hatchback “its own more emotional design”, while the sedan is sleek and elegant. The designs are now so distinctive that both cars could be mistaken for being different models. Further distinguishing the new Mazda3 are new rounded headlights and taillights, and an exclusive Polymetal Gray color for the hatchback.
Inside, the cabin adopts a similarly clean and minimalist design. For example, the climate-control panel and passenger-side louvers are integrated into the left-right axis that follows the line of the instrument panel. Elsewhere, Mazda’s Active Driving Display has been redesigned to present information in a simpler fashion, and a new 8.8-inch center display has been added that requires only the use of the commander control. An eight-speaker audio system is available as standard, or this can be upgraded to a 12-speaker Bose system.
The 2019 Mazda3’s main innovation is the debut of Mazda’s new revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine, which combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel engines. Its innovative Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition system allows drivers to choose gear settings that accentuate performance without sacrificing emissions or fuel economy while delivering quick engine response and a smooth driving experience.
The gasoline line-up comprises of 1.5-, 2.0- and 2.5-liter versions, and there’s also a 1.8-liter diesel version. Performance specifications haven’t been released yet, however. Power is sent to all four wheels via Mazda’s improved i-Activ AWD system that works with G-Vectoring Control Plus to control torque distribution between the front and rear wheels, resulting in sharper handling and improved fuel economy. Like the previous model, buyers can choose from a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The gear shift lever has also been moved forward and positioned higher for easier access.
As standard, the new Mazda3 is equipped with a new knee airbag for the driver’s seat to help reduce leg, chest and abdomen injuries during a crash. Pedestrian safety has been improved too, as the hood also adopts a new energy-absorbing inner structure designed to receive the impact of a pedestrian’s head in the initial impact and then gradually dampen the force to more quickly absorb the impact energy, while the front bumper is designed to support the thigh and shins if contact is made with a pedestrian’s legs.