The updated Mazda3 range will go on sale in Australia in August, with Australian specifications to be revealed closer to the launch of the refreshed range.
In Japanese specification, the new 3, which wears the Axela badge in its home market, will pick up advanced features, such as Traffic Sign Recognition to identify speed signs, as well as No Entry and Stop signs.
Mazda’s Advanced Smart City Brake Support has also been updated with pedestrian detection between 10 km/h and 80 km/h, and an operating range for vehicle detection expanded from the previous 4-30 km/h range, up to a maximum 80 km/h.
On high-spec models adaptive LED headlights are also now available, with automatic oncoming vehicle detection that can dim the headlight unit’s four individual LED blocks to prevent dazzling at speeds above 40 km/h, while Highway Mode automatically raises the headlight beams above 95 km/h to increase distance visibility.
On the outside the Mazda3 range gets a relatively mild styling update, with a new front bumper incorporating chrome trims that lead into the redesigned headlight and indicator assemblies.
Rear styling gets the slightest nip-and-tuck to the bumper bar, while wheel designs are also unchanged save for new, darker colour options on some models.
Inside a new full-colour Enhanced Active Driving Display aims to reduce confusion with at-a-glance driving and vehicle information split into two separate segments.
As for the availability of those features in Australia, full details won’t be known until the range launches locally at the end of July - TMR will be there to bring you all the information.
Mazda’s newest G-Vectoring Control system however will be introduced on the new 3 range, which aims to improve vehicle control, simultaneously improving handling and occupant comfort, you can find out more from our first-drive of the system.
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