Mazda set out to preserve the car’s traditional strengths — including its everyday practicality, choice of sedan and hatchback body styles and fun-to-drive nature — while simultaneously improving refinement. Mazda’s all-time bestseller gets the full range of lightweight SKYACTIV-Technology, optimised like the latest adaptation of the company’s KODO design for a compact’s size and agility.
The 2014 Mazda 3 is fully redesigned. Highlights include new styling, a more fuel-efficient engine and a new electronics interface. 2014 Mazda 3 Redesign and Release Date, The next generation of the Mazda 3 has confirmed that the will be released or goes on sale by the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014 with a base price ranging between $17,495 – $26,445.
The new Mazda 3 gets the distinct KODO face, featuring the contoured grille and the sculpted signature wing. The Mazda 3 was given a distinct headlamp design. Their sleek, sharp shape and clean structure was made possible by positioning the turn signals outside the headlamp assembly. Consisting of LED light sources, inner lenses and a light-guiding ring.
The enlarged wheelbase – 60mm longer than the current Mazda 3’s – allowed designers to shorten the front and rear overhangs for a more powerful KODO-inspired stance, in the process creating more space for the engine and improving crash safety, too.
The all-new Mazda 3 comes in a choice of black leather with red stitching, either alone or combined with off-white leather and white, grey and red stitching. Black fabric is also available with different patterns in a metallic lustre.
The dashboard’s virtual lines extend through the harmonious side air vent louvers and door handles back to the B-pillars, accentuating the pureness and unity of the cabin design. The centre stack also offers a simple, functional layout. The climate control system, which is located below the centre air vents, features a sleek three-dimensional look with circular controls. On top of the dash, the 7-inch touchscreen is easily accessed by the passenger or driver, but without distracting the latter from operating the vehicle.
The sportiness of the black keynote colour is enhanced by contrasts that intensify the quality look and feel, such as the enthusiasm-sparking carbon fibre look or the black leather steering wheel with matching parking brake lever, armrests and gearshift boot.
2014 Mazda 3 Exterior Design
all-new Mazda 3 stirs the spirit, taking hold of the onlooker before tightening its grip. It draws one in, getting under the skin. “KODO – Soul of Motion” design theme, Inspired by the beauty and power of nature, Mazda developed KODO to take its distinctive sense of vitality and agility one step further.
The Mazda 3’s hind quarters, meanwhile, parallel the front in many ways. Like the grille, the brawny tailgate seems to protrude. Every bit as inspired as the headlamps, the tail lamp signature, which features sporty round tail light rings and quality two-tone internal finishing.
Mazda 3 features a firm stance enhanced by the compact looking, rear-leaning cabin. Lower and wider than the current model, the car’s raked profile, rising dramatically towards the rear and bolstered by the boldly flared fenders and large sporty aluminium wheels at the corners, conveys agility and strength. And Mazda’s characteristic off-the-line power.
2014 Mazda 3 Interior Design
The interior is, in fact, larger and more comfortable than its predecessor in most respects, from foot space to knee room and more. And Mazda maintained headroom, despite a 25mm reduction in the car’s overall height, by lowering the hip point of the seats. The new Mazda 3, the freshly compelling next-generation interior follows a revolutionary new concept: partitioned yet unifying. Specifically, the cabin is divided into zones, with a snug cockpit that seems self-contained in the way everything is positioned to promote a driving experience that’s as safe, enjoyable and stress-free as possible. The passenger space, in contrast, offers a reassuringly open, spacious and relaxed atmosphere.
The centre-focused driver’s zone contrasts with the relatively low passenger side dashboard, which manages to simultaneously impart freedom and security. The asymmetrical centre console marks the border between the two zones, demarcating their respective properties.
The driver’s seat offers 260mm of front-to-back adjustment, 102° of recline and 56mm of vertical adjustment, including an extra 20mm of downward range for taller drivers. Mazda stuck to the fundamentals with seats that wrap around occupants, supplying a natural position with good support and plenty of hold.
The increased width and wheelbase on the new Mazda 3 – the longest in the segment – gave Mazda room to work with. Accordingly, both hatchback and sedan offer best-in-class shoulder room front and rear, and are close to it in terms of legroom.
And because they’re even slimmer than before with concave hollows in the back, rear passengers get additional knee clearance. There’s more room for their feet, too, since the front seat mounts were shifted further apart.
Indeed, the second row has a decidedly unrestricted feel to it thanks to narrower front headrests and shoulder sections, bigger rear windows, and the fact that the rear seating positions are closer to the middle. Those in the back simply get a better view of the world.
2014 Mazda 3 Engine
The new Mazda 3 comes with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 in two versions. The high-power version churns out 121kW / 165PS at 6,000rpm and 210Nm at 4,000rpm. Available for the hatchback with manual shift and i-ELOOP, Mazda’s unique brake energy regeneration system, it thrusts the compact from a standstill to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds with a terminal speed of 210km/h. At 5.8l/100km and 135g/km, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are very respectable for such performance – and 14 per cent better than its 2.0 MZR DISI i-stop predecessor despite generating 10 per cent more horsepower and torque.
Specially developed to complement SKYACTIV engines, both six-speed SKYACTIV transmissions offered for the new Mazda 3 respond faithfully to the driver’s intentions, delivering linear power directly to the front wheels while also contributing to significantly improved fuel economy. The SKYACTIV-Drive automatic, available for most Mazda 3 engine-body style combinations, shifts smoothly and precisely while giving the driver exceptional control over downshift behaviour.
Real-time driving information like speed, navigation system directions, and the status of i-ACTIVESENSE active safety systems, including warnings, are shown on the Active Driving Display. Among the first vehicle in this segment with such a head-up display, it uses a clear panel mounted on top of the dash above the instrument cluster.
Mazda tuned the new Mazda 3’s SKYACTIV-Chassis to respond more faithfully than ever to driver intentions. There’s no sign of the understeer common to front-wheel drives, with a smooth and desirably predictable pitch and roll as the load shifts from one side of the car to another. The harmonious linear response to and feedback from lateral and longitudinal g-forces means there is rarely the need to correct the steering. And no overreaction from the car, either, when braking into a curve, turning through it or accelerating out of it. The driver knows exactly what to do, and it’s quite a fulfilling feeling.
Smart Brake Support (SBS) works hand-in-hand with FOW to monitor vehicles up to 140m ahead. Should FOW issue a warning, SBS first pre-fills the brakes and then applies them with a force corresponding to the level of danger. While Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) is Mazda’s low-speed emergency braking system. It utilises a near-infrared sensor to monitor preceding vehicles travelling at 4-30km/h and up to 6m away.
Vehicles with autonomous emergency braking systems have up to 27 per cent fewer accidents than those without them, according to Euro NCAP, considerably reducing injuries. Euro NCAP will therefore add assessments of these systems to their vehicle safety ratings in 2014.