We’ve been waiting for this for quite some time already, but now we’re finally here: The all-new Mazda 3 has officially arrived.
After a series of spy shots, a test drive in Sepang, and weeks of chatter and anticipation, we now finally get to see the latest iteration of the 3 in the metal. If you’ve been wanting to know all the essentials on the fourth generation of this Japanese C-segment entry, then you’ve come to the right place: Here’s everything you need to know about the all-new Mazda 3.
The overall look of the new 3 is absolutely sleek and pleasant to the eye. Its maker claims that it is the first-ever model to feature the Evolved KODO design language taken from the RX-Vision concept car from 2015 and the Vision Coupe from 2017. It also seems to derive some design cues from the Mazda Kai concept we saw a few years back.
The latest 3 isn’t boxy or edgy. Both sportback and sedan variants feature a design that flows smoothly from front to rear without any seams, with a few rounded corners that add character to the look.
The thin, swept-back LED headlamps with daytime running lights complement the large mesh grille pretty nicely, giving the front fascia a very aggressive stance. The rear end looks as strong as the front, with taillights featuring the same design as the front units.
The sportback 3 measures 4,660mm long by 1,795mm wide by 1,435mm tall, while the sedan version stands a tad higher at 1,440mm. The car sits on either 16- or 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels with either a gunmetal or a gray metallic finish. Curb weight varies from 1,302kg to 1,346kg depending on the variant.
It’ll be hard to find anything to complain about regarding the interior of the new 3. The cabin is clothed in high-quality leather, from the steering wheel and the shifter to the dashboard and the side panels. The tiller, which is equipped with paddle shifters, also boasts control switches for the audio system and cruise control. It also allows for up to 70mm of telescopic adjustment.
The seats come in fabric, leatherette, or leather. The color scheme is as dark as it gets, which really gives you the premium vibe that Mazda has always exuded. You can also expect extremely low NVH levels in this cabin, as the Japanese carmaker applied around 49 key design and engineering improvements overall for better sound insulation and reduced wind and road noise.
Unfortunately for us, we won’t be seeing the revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine in the local market. But not that we’ll be shortchanged or anything, because either of the 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G in-line-four engines are expected to be worth every penny, with the former capable of 109hp and 146Nm and the latter peaking at 152hp and 200Nm. Both engine options are mated to a Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission and are equipped with Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus.
Take a peek at the suspension setup underneath and you’ll find MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam axle at the rear that provide a comfortable ride. Ventilated and solid discs are equipped in front and at the back, respectively.
This Mazda packs a ton of goodies, featuring a myriad entertainment, driver-assist, and safety tech as a standard.
For starters, seven airbags, anti-locking braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, dynamic stability control, and rear parking sensors with a rearview camera are equipped on all variants. There is also pedal misuse alert and seatbelt reminders for all seats both in front and at the back.
Other handy tech includes electric parking brakes with auto brake hold, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-folding side mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. Dual-zone automatic climate controls with rear vents can also be enjoyed here.
Entertainment with this car will be a delight, too, with an 8.8-inch infotainment display with Mazda Connect placed front and center, paired with either an eight-speaker setup or a neat 12-speaker Bose sound system that comes with the higher variants.
Speaking of higher variants, shelling out a bit more cash can get you a handful of I-Activesense safety features added into the mix, including front parking sensors, a 360-degree view camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross and front-cross traffic alerts, lane-keep assist, driver monitoring alert, and smart brake support for forward and reverse motions. Some nice added features also include I-Stop technology, a frameless rearview mirror, and an electric glass sunroof.
The all-new Mazda 3 was launched only recently, and we already posted the prices as soon as they became official. We’ll list them here in case you want to see them again:
That’s basically everything about the all-new 2020 Mazda 3 on paper. You can check out more photos of it below.