Discover The All-New 2019 Mazda3
While not available for sale until early in the next year, the all-new 2019 Mazda3 was the talk of the Los Angeles Auto Show. In a further evolution of design and technology from previous generations, Mazda seeks to set its compact car apart from an ever-growing field of capable competitors. With the new Mazda3, the company sets itself apart with styling more befitting a luxury car than a compact sedan and hatchback.
In designing the hatchback and sedan versions of the new Mazda3, the development team took a fresh look at their respective values and personalities and then worked to maximize the unique appeal of each. As a result, the hatchback presents a powerful appearance while the sophisticated beauty of the sedan speaks of refinement. The result is two body types with personalities so distinct one might even think they were completely different models.
A newly-developed color named Polymetal Gray if offered as an exclusive exterior color on the Mazda3 hatchback. Fusing the hard appearance of metal with the glossy smoothness of a plastic surface, creates an entirely new color that changes its hue depending on the light.
Every aspect of the cockpit is laid out with the driver at the center. Furthermore, the interior incorporates the “less is more” ideal that keeps all elements other than the cockpit as simple as possible which helps amplify the presence of the cockpit zone. This creates a comfortable environment that enables the driver to focus on the task of driving.
Interior panels employ Mazda’s own grain, designed to replicate the warmth of genuine leather. By introducing creases with differing depth and shapes on different parts, this new material creates a dimensionality to the eye.
The telescopic steering provides an additional half-inch of movement at either end to offer a wider adjustment range of nearly 2.5-inches versus previous models to deliver more precise control over the adjustment of the driving position. In addition, front seat cushion tilt adjustment is now included as standard equipment. The gear shift lever was moved forward and positioned higher on both the automatic and manual transmission versions, making it easier for drivers to move their hand from the steering wheel and to the shift lever.
The new Mazda3 adopts an 8.8-inch wide center display. Offering simplified operation that requires only the use of the commander control, it also features a new intuitive guidance system that makes the commander control easier to operate. Mazda Connect now includes a Digital Owner’s Manual as one of its app offerings. When a warning appears on the center display, it also presents an indication of the priority level and a link to the Digital Owner’s Manual. The driver can then access the manual to quickly receive an explanation of the warning and instructions on how best to respond to the situation.
The standard eight-speaker audio system uses a three-way layout, with woofers positioned on the sides of the front cowl. The 12-speaker Bose sound system adds a center speaker, a pair of rear satellite speakers, and a subwoofer. It also features custom tuning to provide more powerful bass and higher audio quality.
New versions of the latest SKYACTIV-G comprise the gasoline engine lineup for the new Mazda3. All adopt optimized intake ports and piston shape, split fuel injection and a coolant control valve to deliver higher levels of performance, fuel economy and reduced emissions.
The 2019 Mazda3 is the first production car to offer Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV-X engine. Features include superior initial response, powerful torque, linear response, and free-revving performance. The engine is assisted by Mazda’s intelligent new M Hybrid system, which supports greater gains in fuel economy, and achieves higher levels of driving pleasure and environmental friendliness.
Mazda’s evolved i-ACTIV AWD adds “four-wheel vertical load” detection and works in conjunction with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) to control torque distribution between the front and rear wheels. G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) adds direct yaw moment control via the brakes. This enables the car to better handle emergency avoidance maneuvers and offers more confidence-inspiring controllability in various situations, including lane changes at high speeds and driving on slippery roads.
The new Mazda3 is available with Mazda’s newly developed Driver Monitoring system. The system uses both an infrared camera and infrared LED to observe the driver’s condition while driving. It monitors how wide open the driver’s eyelids are at any given time, the number of times he or she blinks, and also the angle of the mouth and face in order to determine the level of drowsiness or fatigue. It also monitors the driver’s line of sight and eye movement to determine when the driver is being inattentive. If the system judges that the situation has become dangerous, it sounds an alert to make the driver aware and works in conjunction with the Smart Brake Support (SBS) system to shorten the time required for the brake warning to sound.
Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) is available on the new Mazda3. The system uses newly adopted front side radars to detect other vehicles approaching from blind spots at the front right or left of the vehicle and alert the driver of their presence. This helps prevent a common cause of accidents when cars enter a T intersection with a partially obscured view.
Also available on the new Mazda3 is Mazda’s new Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS) system. CTS helps contribute to reducing driver fatigue by assisting with accelerator, brake pedal, and steering operations when stuck in traffic jams on the highway. It also supports a safer, more reassuring and more comfortable driving experience in conditions that demand constant operation of the assisted functions.
And despite all the information provided above, we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s available in the new Mazda3 sedan and hatchback. To learn more about the all-new 2019 Mazda3, including when the first models will arrive, stop by North Shore Mazda in Danvers, MA.