As mentioned in our previous story, the 3’s new Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine delivers 227hp and 420Nm of torque. Well, it turns out, that’s with regular 87-octane fuel in the tank. With premium 93-octane fuel, the turbocharged mill’s output peaks at 250hp and 433Nm. Hot damn. This new setup for the 3 comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
Inside, it’s as premium as any Mazda or 3 can get. The cabin gets a wealth of leather and a wide arsenal of extra features to boot. It has an Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible infotainment system that’s complemented by a 12-speaker Bose premium audio setup as standard. There’s also Mazda’s Active Driving Display head-up unit, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a power moonroof.
Safety and driver-assist features include Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go function, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, and smart brake support. There’s also a rearview camera, automatic headlamps, and rain-sensing wipers, among many others.
The top-spec 3 with Premium Plus Package adds i-Activsense safety tech, which includes a 360-degree-view monitor with front and rear parking sensors, and rear smart city brake support with rear cross-traffic braking functions.
Other new engine options for the Mazda 3 range are the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G that’s capable of 186hp and 252Nm, and the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G that produces 155hp and 203Nm. Standard features in the 2.5 Turbo variant such as the moonroof, the Bose speaker setup, and the neat 18-inch black aluminum alloys come as added options for the 2.0 and 2.5S variants.
What do you think of the new turbocharged Mazda 3? Is this—along with the other new engine options—something that Mazda Philippines should make available here?