The New Mazda 3 is here: and it's gone...hybrid?
The Mazda 3 just got launched in the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it's good-looking, but a hybrid...?
We petrolheads have waited for this moment for so long now, ever since Mazda launched the Kai concept, it's like a shrunken RX-Vision Concept, it's gorgeous looking.
Mazda also said that there is a new SKYACTIV-X motor coming, which generated a new acronym - SPCCI. And for more information on the revolutionary engine, please click the video below for more of the technical stuff.
Anyway, onto the matter in hand, the new Mazda 3 will be the first in Mazda's range to be fitted with this SKYACTIV-X engine, alongside the three 1.8, 2.0 and 2.5 SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and one with SKYACTIV-D diesel engine. Mazda haven't released the specs or the power figures of the three engines yet, but we're expecting the SKYACTIV-X one to be the top-of-the-line model. The SKYACTIV-X engine will also be accompanied with the M Hybrid system.
The Mazda 3 will also be available with a new I-ACTIV AWD system, which features “four-wheel vertical load” detection and works in harmony with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) to control torque distribution between the front and rear wheels.
We know the engine and drivetrain is new, how about the safety side of things?
With the Mazda 3, Mazda produced an all-new safety system called the I-ACTIVSENSE, which uses both an infrared camera and infrared LED to observe the driver’s condition while driving. If you do doze off when you sleep, the little hatchback will keep you in check with the Smart Brake Support, which 'shortens the time required for the brake warning to sound', whatever that means. Front Cross Traffic Alert and Cruising & Traffic Support are also equipped in the Mazda 3, to make sure you'll have a safe and relaxing journey home.
What's also new under the beautiful body?
What worries petrolheads the most is probably the changes Mazda did to the suspension setup, i.e. the change to a Torsion beam at the rear. Will the new Mazda 3 drive not as well as the old car, or will it become one of those humdrum hatchbacks that nobody cares? Only time will tell.
Just neglect the torsion beam for a sec, just look at that body...WOW.
Indeed, the new Mazda 3 is a gorgeous thing, just like the KAI concept that it was based on. Mazda reassured us that the concept would look somewhat similar to the production model, and they didn't disappoint one bit. The hatch was revealed in this wonderful Soul Red, and it looks just like a toned down version of the KAI concept, with smaller wheels and some actual ground clearance. Otherwise it's basically the same, which is very nice.
Alongside the regular hatch sits the saloon version, which is equally sexy and wonderful. In fact, tell us which would you prefer, the cute-looking hatch, or the mature saloon:
The Mazda 3, with it's new powertrain and engine, should hit the road in late 2019, we can't wait to see how the new engine fights back against the electric cars in terms of efficiency and mileage. Also, Mazda, a Mazdaspeed 3 version would be appreciated. Please.