With more than 19,000 units sold since 2004, the Mazda 3 is the brand’s most successful model in the Philippines. After making its world premiere at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and then finally making its ASEAN preview at the 2019 Singapore Motor Show, the all-new Mazda 3 has made its way here in the Philippines.
The Mazda 3 is an evolution of its predecessor’s gorgeous lines and curves. The hatchback model has taken many design cues from the Kai Concept, and the final result is a hatchback that looks dynamic and sleek as ever. For the sedan, many of its elements have been inspired from the Vision Coupe Concept. New, sportier lighting elements highlight the rear, featuring twin circle designs that cast a menacing glow at night, while the front fascia features a prominent grille with chrome wings that flow towards the slimmer LED headlights. Designers have gone through a minimalist “less is more” approach, reducing the number of lines and creases for this iteration of the Mazda 3.
The interior of the Mazda 3 is made even more premium, thanks to the use of more premium materials and surfaces. There’s plenty of premium materials running across the dashboard, as well as throughout the center console. A horizontal satin chrome finish runs along the dashboard, from the vents, all the way to the climate control display, which is neatly integrated along the dashboard. As ever, the MZD Connect infotainment system takes center stage, featuring a revised user interface, and now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The infotainment system is controlled through the touch screen or the rotary knob controller behind the gear shifter.
As this is a Philippine preview, no pricing, specifications, and date of sale have been revealed. These details will officially be announced in the coming months. No powertrain options have also been announced, though the vehicles displayed utilize the brand’s tried and tested 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engine. No word as well if the revolutionary 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-X SPCCI petrol engine will make it to the Philippines. The revolutionary engine produces 178 hp and 222 Nm of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic, driving the front wheels. It also claims to have the same fuel efficiency as a diesel engine.