Mazda’s latest iteration in the non-premium segment might be one of the neatest models that were unveiled at the LA Auto Show recently. The redesigned Mazda 3 that was introduced at the expo proves that the company has been pushing the design envelope for this particular flaming segment.
The car is based on Mazda’s latest modular platform, SkyActiv-Architecture, which makes its debut on the new 3. As claimed by the company, the new platform is expected to offer improved dynamic performance compared to Mazda’s current design as well as a quieter, more refined ride.
The platform is also compliant with Mazda’s new SkyActiv-X engine that promises diesel-equivalent fuel efficiency with cleaner emissions. This is majorly credited to a new system that Mazda calls the Spark-Controlled Combustion Ignition that will deliver 20-30 percent better mileage than a conventional engine while retaining its performance.
Mazda has been tight-lipped about the new 3’s output figures. However, we know that the engines that will be featured in the new 3 include a 1.5-, 2.0- and 2.5-liter inline-4s and a 1.8-litre inline-4 diesel.
Inside the cabin, the new 3 sports a dashboard that is placed lower than its previous iteration, along with an 8.8-inch display nested in a crevice above the centre console. The new Mazda also comes with a driver-attention monitoring system that uses infrared to watch the driver and to sound an alert in case of wandering eyes.