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The All-New Mazda3 SKYACTIV

It has been a month since we started using the All-New Mazda3 with 2.0L SKYACTIV-G (we have the white one but this is a better picture lol) and it has been GREAT so far. Combining the body, chassis, and powertrains developed under the SKYACTIV banner, the Mazda3 delivers the perfect balance between performance and fuel efficiency that is promised by the brand.

The all-new Mazda3 SKYACTIV is available in both hatchback and sedan configurations, and features the “KODO – Soul of Motion” design language. The model is available with two gasoline-engine choices: the V SKYACTIV with the 1.5L SYACTIV-G and the R SKYACTIV with the 2.0L SKYACTIV-G with i-STOP and i-ELOOP. Both are paired with the SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission. The bigger-displacement engine also comes with the i-STOP idling stop system and the i-ELOOP brake-energy regeneration system.

The Mazda3 also carries the first-ever implementation of the Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Based on Mazda’s “Heads-Up Cockpit” concept, it was developed to create a driving environment that minimizes cognitive, visual, and manual distractions even as the driver processes information related to vehicle and infotainment-system operation. Among its features are the Active Driving Display, which projects vehicle speed and turn-by-turn directions from the navigation system onto a clear panel vertically mounted above the meter hood; Commander Control, a control device positioned where the driver can reach it by simply moving one hand from the steering wheel into a downward natural motion toward the center console; and a seven-inch center display that is mounted at the top of the dashboard and may be checked by the driver with minimal eye movement.

Other features that are standard across the range include an engine push-start button, Commander Control, and seven-inch dash-top display of the HMI; auxiliary buttons and paddle shifters on the steering wheel; automatic single-zone climate controls; Bluetooth hands-free phone integration; rear parking sensors; driver and passenger airbags; ABS with electronic brake-force distribution; and dynamic stability control.

The V SKYACTIV variants have halogen headlights; 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/60 R16 tires; a single exhaust tailpipe; high quality fabric interior upholstery; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter R SKYACTIV variants have automatic bi-xenon headlamps with daytime running lights; power-folding side mirrors; 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 R18 tires; dual exhaust tailpipes; a sunroof; a smart keyless-entry system; leather interior upholstery; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; and additional curtain airbags. The R SKYACTIV Hatchback, in particular, is positioned to be the sportiest variant in the range, with bright finishing for the dual exhaust tailpipes and a shark-fin antenna.

All variants are available with YOJIN3, Mazda Philippines’ free three-year/60,000km periodic-maintenance service package that includes lubricant, parts and labor, and emergency roadside assistance with concierge service.

Dale Bacar
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