Mazda has stepped up their game with the recent launching of the much-awaited all-new Mazda 3. Consisting of 5 variants, the new model has further pushed Mazda’s transition into a more premium brand. How exactly? Let’s get into it!
The base models, an Elite sedan and hatchback, are powered by a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine, which is a carry-over from the previous generation. This engine produces 111 hp and 146 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. These variants feature 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED taillights, cruise control, an 8.8-inch Mazda Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto head unit, 8-speaker sound system, 7 airbags, and cameras and sensors all around. The Elite sedan, in particular, is equipped with a Cloth interior while the Elite hatch has a leatherette interior.
An upgrade to the Elite variant is the Premium, which boasts the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G petrol engine that produces 155 hp and 200 Nm of torque mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.
You get everything that the Elite variant has, but with an addition of 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, a full leather interior, and power adjustable seats. You also get a 360-degree view camera and Mazda’s i-ATIVSENSE which is Mazda’s version of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane assist, blind-spot monitoring and a lot of other safety features.
Having looked at the Elite and Premium, the variant that’s bound to turn heads in the Mazda 3 Speed. While it is only available as a hatchback, Speed has a lot of aesthetic upgrades differentiating it from the other variants. This includes blacked-out 18-inch wheels, and exclusive red leather interior, and a wraparound body kit.
The Mazda 3 variants are priced as follows:
- Mazda 3 1.5-liter Sedan Elite: P1,295,000
- Mazda 3 1.5-liter Sportback Elite: P1,320,000
- Mazda 3 2.0-liter Sedan Premium: P1,495,000
- Mazda 3 2.0-liter Sportback Premium: P1,510,000
- Mazda 3 2.0-liter Speed: P1,590,000
Write-up and photos by Ustin Nuyda.