Mazda’s iconic hatchback and sedan – the Mazda3 – has been refreshed for 2023, with a raft of updates pushing the nameplate to the forefront of the small car segment.
In line with consumer trends and customer demand, the Mazda3 powertrain line-up has been streamlined to comprise of the Skyactiv G 2.0 and 2.5-litre engines, which are both mated to the 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission.
G20 models also receive an upgrade to the Skyactiv G 2.0-litre petrol engine, with cylinder deactivation and other improvements to the combustion process resulting in lower CO2 emissions without compromising on performance or driveability. Fuel consumption improves by 5 per cent to 5.9 L/100km for the hatch and 5.8 L/100km for the sedan.
Stylistically, the enhanced Mazda3 adds a new colour to the mix, with Ceramic Metallic replacing Sonic Silver in the model’s eight-strong colour palette.
Inside, G20 Touring grades and above receive new convenience features such as wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM, wireless phone charging and USB-C ports.
G25 GT grades and above additionally benefit from the 10.25-inch Mazda Connect infotainment display, as featured on other Mazda nameplates, such as the CX-5, CX-8 and CX-9.
Customers can also enjoy the 10.25-in Mazda Connect infotainment display on entry level Mazda3 grades, such as G20 Pure and G20 Evolve, by opting for the Vision Technology package.
Vinesh Bhindi, Managing Director Mazda Australia, welcomed the new specifications of the updated Mazda3, commenting: “Mazda3 consistently represents a large portion of its segment’s market share, as buyers from all walks of life resonate with its elegant styling, sharp driving dynamics and eminent usability.”
“These new changes only add to the desirability of the nameplate, which now features more tech and visual appeal than ever before,” Mr Bhindi added.
The updated Mazda3 hatch and sedan will go on sale in July 2023.