2019 Mazda three bows with new look, upgraded tech

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An evolutionary redesign that bowed Wednesday on the 2018 LA Auto Present places the 2019 Mazda three according to the automaker’s bigger sedan and its crossover SUVs. Greater modifications come inside and behind the scenes, the place the Mazda three ushers in a brand new fuel-saving, high-compression engine, a bigger infotainment display screen, an accessible infrared driver-monitoring system, and a bunch of modifications designed to make the small sedan and hatchback quieter on the freeway.

At first look, the brand new Mazda three’s styling does not stray removed from the outgoing mannequin—a minimum of so far as the sedan is anxious. That mannequin’s taut proportions carry over, albeit with a cleaner entrance finish design and a skinny ribbon of taillights with a round LED design. The brand new Mazda three hatchback’s styling is extra dramatic, with a large rearmost roof pillar that offers it appreciable visible heft in comparison with a extra delicate look on the outgoing mannequin. 

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Inside, the three’s inside seems to be a 7/8ths model of what is within the Mazda 6 mid-size sedan. The dashboard is low, with an Eight.Eight-inch widescreen show nested in a crevice above the middle console. Secondary switches are sparse, with a handful surrounding the gear lever and local weather controls grouped within the middle of the dashboard. A newly accessible driver-attention monitoring system makes use of infrared to look at the driving force and to sound an alert if it detects wandering eyes wanting away from the street. 

Mazda hasn’t detailed the 2019 three’s U.S.-market specs, but it surely did say that an Eight-speaker audio system shall be commonplace tools and Bose-branded audio system are on the choices record. Mazda did not instantly say if the brand new three could have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The model has been rolling out compatibility with smartphones over the previous couple of months for its present and older fashions.

2019 Mazda three

2019 Mazda 3

2019 Mazda three

2019 Mazda 3

2019 Mazda three

On the security entrance, the 2019 Mazda three’s infrared driver-attention monitoring system works along with the automated emergency braking system to alert drivers in a harmful state of affairs. The accessible adaptive cruise management system is extra superior than earlier than and may robotically deal with steering inputs in sure high-traffic conditions. Mazda stated that computerized emergency braking shall be commonplace and that the three will supply ahead cross-traffic alerts to assist out in intersections with low visibility.

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A knee airbag for the driving force is now included on the three, bringing the airbag rely for the small automobile to seven.

Below the Mazda three’s hood, three inline-Four engines shall be on supply globally. Specs for the U.S. market have not been launched, however 2.Zero- and a couple of.5-liter displacements are more likely to carry over from final 12 months paired to both 6-speed computerized or 6-speed handbook transmissions. Final 12 months’s Mazda three’s 2.Zero- and a couple of.5-liter inline-Four engines have been rated at 155 and 184 horsepower, respectively, figures that present a foundation for the brand new mannequin. The automaker guarantees huge enhancements to its small automobile’s noise suppression, each from higher sound deadening and extra cautious utilization of open area within the automobile’s construction. 

Mazda advised The Automobile Connection that the two.Zero-liter inline-Four would be the first engine to launch within the U.S. when the redesigned three goes on sale early subsequent 12 months. 

A high-compression inline-Four Mazda calls Skyactiv-X makes use of a particular compression ignition system to burn exceptionally lean gas mixtures in most conditions to save lots of gasoline, though it will possibly change over to standard spark ignition for higher acceleration. Early prototypes with the engine have been rated at 188 horsepower, however Mazda hasn’t specified figures for the brand new automobile—and it hasn’t stated when the brand new engine will hit the street within the U.S.  

Globally, the three shall be accessible with all-wheel drive, however Mazda will depart wintry driving within the U.S. to its crossover SUVs as a substitute.