2019 Mazda3: More Sophisticated Than EverDec 10th, 2018
As one of Canada’s top-selling cars this year, the Mazda3 continues to rise in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Not only is it stylish, fun and affordable, but the hatchback form also offers drivers practical utility.
As 2019 draws closer, drivers will soon be able to hop into Mazda’s fourth generation of the compact vehicle. Though the dimensions barely change, the newly designed 2019 Mazda3 shows how Mazda is shifting gears toward premium vehicles. Still available as a five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, this new version certainly packs a powerful and sophisticated punch.
So, What’s New With the Mazda3?
In terms of materials, the 2019 Mazda3 boasts top-notch quality. Buyers will even get to choose from two new colors: Greige (which as the name suggests is a blend of grey and beige) and an exciting burgundy (which is exclusive to the hatch).
Where the 2019 Mazda3 really revs up excitement is in the engine. The fourth generation Mazda3 model will feature Mazda’s new SPCCI (Spark Controlled Compression Ignition) Skyactiv-X engine. What’s so special about Skyactiv? Well, essentially the new engine will use both traditional spark ignition and diesel-like compression ignition. The end result is a higher compression ratio, which delivers better fuel economy, lower emissions, and even more power!
The new Mazda3 will improve noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), with 10 times the amount of ultra-high-strength steel and a revised suspension. It will also reduce road noise transfer by utilizing a new two-wall body structure in the floor, fewer holes in the carpeting, and better sound absorption from the headliner and floor mats.
The Mazda3’s touchscreen display gains an extra 1.8 inches, moving from 7 inches to 8.8 inches. The unit itself also comes with a new menu system, which will make the infotainment centre easier to use. The speakers have also been moved to enhance sound quality. An eight-speaker sound system is standard, however, a 12 speaker Bose audio system will be available on higher trim levels. Mazda’s Active Driving Display (or heads-up display) will also still be available for the Mazda3 in 2019.
The 2019 Mazda3 will also feature new safety measures, including Mazda’s driver monitoring system. The monitoring system uses an infrared camera and LED to keep an eye on the driver and watch for signs of fatigue. When triggered, the system will sound an alert. An updated version of Mazda’s all-wheel-drive system will also help reduce mechanical loss by up to 60 percent. Other safety features include a front-cross traffic alert and new cruising and traffic support system.
It’s clear that Mazda is pulling out all the stops with the 2019 Mazda3. From utility and style to affordability and power, this fourth-generation model will check off just about every mark on your wish list. While Mazda hasn’t released a concrete on-sale date yet, keep an eye out for showrooms in early 2019.