Defining the future of vehicle design and development, a new era beckons for Mazda and the small car segment, with the release of pricing, grades and specifications for the anticipated next-gen mazda3.

With all facets of vehicle design deeply honed and dramatically improved, Next-Gen Mazda3 becomes the most refined Mazda yet and the precedent for those to follow.

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said Next-Gen Mazda3 sets a new benchmark for its class. "Next-Gen Mazda3 firmly establishes a new era for Mazda and raises the bar for quality and equipment within the small car segment."

Led by Mazda's human-centric design philosophy and with the Mazda3 driver's specific needs in mind, Next-Gen Mazda3 delivers new levels of quality in design, driving performance, dynamics, safety, and NVH.

MAZDA 3 - EXTERIOR

The hatchback presents a powerful, sporty and seductive look, further distinguished by a unique body colour offering called Polymetal Grey Metallic, which fuses the hard appearance of metal with glossy smoothness.

In contrast, the clean, sleek and sophisticated beauty of the sedan speaks of maturity and refinement. All elements at the front and rear adopt a horizontal orientation that accentuates the look of a wide and low stance.

MAZDA 3 - INTERIOR

The interior also embraces the 'less is more' mantra, achieving a simple and beautiful cabin that puts the driver at the centre, further strengthening the harmonious connection between car and driver that Mazda calls Jinba-Ittai.

Information pertinent to driving is now more clearly displayed, newly added TFT LCD meter, windscreen projected Active Driving Display and the larger 8.8-inch infotainment display.

Mazda's infotainment system has also been reworked from the ground up. Enhanced system performance, connectivity and navigation functions make for smoother, easier operation; Mazda Connect boots up faster, the basic operation is more intuitive and has a display quality befitting the advanced Next-Gen Mazda3. It also now adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

ADVANCED SAFETY FEATURES

With these significant design changes comes the addition of new, advanced i-Activsense safety technology, an unprecedented list of standard equipment and passive safety improvements to support the driver further and enhance accident mitigation.

Next-Gen Mazda3 introduces the newly developed Driver Monitoring system that uses an infrared camera to observe the driver's condition, Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) to monitor blind spots at the front left and right of the vehicle and Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS), which helps reduce driver fatigue by assisting with accelerator, brake pedal and steering operations when stuck in traffic jams on the highway.

All Next-Gen Mazda3s come standard with Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go, Smart Brake Support, Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW) to name a few.

Next-Gen Mazda3 is also the first Mazda vehicle to add a driver's seat knee airbag as standard.

PRICING

To view the full pricing guide for both automatic and manual models, click the link here.

SPECS

To view the full spec range for both automatic and manual models, click the link here.

Source: Mazda Australia