Mazda has announced pricing and specifications for its all new 3 small car, which lands in showrooms later this year.
The fourth-generation Mazda 3 was revealed in November 2018 at the Los Angeles motor show, with a freshened look, overhauled interior and revised suspension layout.
The Australian range will be available with two engines – a 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre and a 139kW/252Nm 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol – across six trim levels.
Opening the range is the G20 Pure, priced from $24,990 plus on-road costs in six-speed manual form (a six-speed automatic is a $1000 extra). Over the outgoing Neo Sport, the Pure represents a mammoth price hike of $4500, reflecting Mazda Australia’s decision to become a more upmarket brand.
However, the G20 Pure is hardly poor value for money, as standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, an 8.8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, 7.0-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, manual air conditioning, electric parking brake, black cloth seats, push-button start, auto folding mirrors, head-up display and rear parking sensors.
Safety kit is aplenty too, with standard autonomous emergency braking, adaptve cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure waring, blind spot monitoring, driver attention alert, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition and seven airbags.
Step up to the G20 Evolve ($26,690 manual, $27,690 auto) and you get 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, leather steering wheel and shifter, paddle shifters for the auto and a rear seat armrest.
Above the Evolve is the G20 Touring ($28,990 manual, $29,990 auto), which adds a proximity key, sunglasses holder, black leather seats and illuminated vanity mirrors.
Positioned just above is the G25 Evolve, the cheapest of the 2.5-litre variants, priced from $29,490 or $30,490 depending on transmission. Spec wise it’s nearly identical to the G20 Evolve, although it adds a proximity key and 10-way power seats.
Then there’s the G25 GT, priced between $33,490 and $34,490. Over the Evolve, it adds heated front seats, sunglasses holder, heated power mirrors. 12-speaker Bose sound system, heated steering wheel and illuminated vanity mirrors.
At the top of the range sits the G25 Astina, priced from $36,990 to $37,990. As the range topper, it gains 18-inch alloys, a 360-degree camera, adaptive LED headlights, ‘Cruising and Traffic Support’, front cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors, reverse AEB and black, white or burgundy leather seats.
The 2019 Mazda 3 hatch goes on sale in April/May, with the sedan following in July.