28 May 2019
The interior and exterior of the All-New Mazda3 is the physical demonstration of the vehicle’s premium quality – but it’s the changes motorists can’t see that make it the class leading vehicle in the segment.
Mazda New Zealand Managing Director David Hodge said having a fantastic looking vehicle is only part of the story when it comes to creating a premium vehicle.
“A quiet smooth ride is one of the hallmarks of a premium class vehicle and the Mazda design team have excelled themselves in this area when it comes to the All-New Mazda3. They have made sure every box was ticked when it comes to this vehicle and motorists will find that ride, comfort and safety features deliver a complete package that will impress driver and passengers alike.”
Key to delivering a quiet ride is to reduce the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). On the Mazda3 this has been achieved by eliminating any unwanted noise.
The All-New Mazda3 is the first Mazda to feature a “two-wall” structure which leaves space for air between the floor carpeting and body panel beneath it to greatly improve insulation quality. In another Mazda first the All-New Mazda3 features a seal inside the parting lines between the roof panel and tailgate on the hatch or the rear window and boot on the sedan. This greatly reduces noise caused by wind blowing into the gap and delivers rear seat passengers a far quieter ride when travelling on the open road.
To deliver enhanced performance, fuel economy and efficiency, the Skyactiv-G 2.0L and 2.5L petrol engines incorporate a number of technologies, including optimising the shape of intake ports and pistons to increase the strength of the tumble flow which improves torque at low-med rev range and improves fuel economy at the top end. Cylinder deactivation (CDA) also features on the Skyactiv-G 2.5L engine which contributes to fuel economy by shutting-down the outer two cylinders when driving at constant speeds.
Safety has always been a priority for Mazda designers and that continues with the All-New Mazda3 which introduces new active and passive safety technologies alongside existing safety features. The Mazda3 range features the widest set of i-Activsense technologies as standard.
New additions to the i-Activsense set on the Limited model include Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA), Cruising and Traffic Support (CTS) and Driver Monitoring.
Front Cross Traffic Alert operates on the same basis as Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). It uses front-sided radars to detect and warn drivers when approaching intersections where the view is partially blocked.
Getting stuck in traffic is becoming a daily fact of life especially for those in New Zealand’s main centres which is where Cruising and Traffic Support (CTS) comes into play by supporting semi-autonomous driving. It assists with accelerator, brake and steering inputs that includes maintaining a safe distance to the vehicle in front and light steering inputs.
Driver fatigue can also be an issue for long distances, and this is where technology such as Driver Monitoring is a real advantage. Using an infrared camera mounted on the centre display, if it detects the driver is falling asleep or is unaware of a possible collision with the vehicle in front, it provides an audible and visual warning followed by a second warning and deployment of SBS (Smart Brake Support) if no action is taken by the driver.
Driving on NZ country roads at night with little or no lighting can be a challenge, especially in poor weather. The All-New Mazda3 Limited model has an improved Adaptive LED Headlight (ALH) system, featuring a 20-block array of LED’s in each headlamp that can be turned on or off independently. Further the system, distributes light from the high beams in three different patterns depending on the car’s speed to provide drivers with a greater sense of comfort and safety in these conditions.
The All-New Mazda3 marks a significant advancement in passive safety performance as well. It is the first vehicle in the world to adopt cold-stamped vehicle body parts made up of 1,310 Mpa-grade high-tensile steel that produces a light yet strong body structure. Higher grades of steel are used in pillars, side sills and roof.
The Mazda design team spent considerable time investigating the best way to create a two-way connection between the car and driver that was effortless, intuitive and natural. These findings have been applied to the design of the seat, body and chassis.
The vehicle includes Mazda’s latest seat design that promotes a natural, intuitive and confident driving experience free from stress, fatigue and compromise. The Skyactiv-body has been evolved to deliver more natural and consistent vehicle behavior, with the Skyactiv-chassis redesigned to offer controllability and immediate response.
Changes have also been made to airbags with a driver’s knee air bag now included on all models while the side airbags structure has been redesigned to better protect the ribcage.
The All-New Mazda3 model line-up has changed to reflect the high level of craftmanship, refinement and specifications. As a result, the range starts with a GSX model priced at $36,595 and two grades: GTX and Takami have also been added to compliment the model line-up.
The Mazdacare program has been significantly enriched with the launch of the All-New Mazda3. Every All-New Mazda3 will include a 5-year unlimited kilometre Factory Warranty, 5-years of Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance and Genuine Scheduled Servicing for 5 years or 100,000 kilometres (whichever occurs first) at no extra cost.