Mazda Australia has announced a new engine, a sporty new trim level, and a raft of detail tweaks for its 2022 Mazda 3 hatchback and sedan.
Mazda hasn’t detailed pricing for the updated range, which will arrive late in November or early in December 2021.
We’ll publish a full price and spec story when the information is available.
Headlining the updates is a new engine option for the mid-range Evolve.
The G20e Evolve M Hybrid uses a naturally-aspriated 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine backed by a 24V mild-hybrid system.
Peak power is 114kW at 6000rpm, peak torque is 200Nm at 4000rpm.
It’s front-wheel drive only, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 24V system is on the mild side, even as mild-hybrid setups go.
The integrated starter generator (ISG) allows automatic start/stop to engage earlier and fire more smoothly, and can provide a performance boost when the driver needs.
It also assists with braking by harvesting energy when the driver lifts off the throttle.
Claimed fuel economy is 6.4L/100km on the combined cycle in the smaller MX-30 SUV, but Mazda hasn’t detailed fuel economy for the 3 range just yet.
At the other end of the spectrum, Mazda is continuing the rollout of its sporty-looking SP model grade.
The G25 Evolve SP replaces the G25 Evolve in the range, and features black 18-inch alloy wheels, exterior mirrors, a black front grille, and black cloth seats with red trim accents.
Power comes exclusively from the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder, making 139kW and 252Nm.
As we learned in August, the range has been shorn of a raft of its manual options.
Mazda has detailed the following updates and specification details for the 2022 3:
- The G20 Pure gains a leather steering wheel and gear knob
- The G20e Evolve M Hybrid will pack:
- The Vision Technology Package
- Keyless entry and start
- Auto-dimming driver’s mirror
- Auto-tilting mirrors for reversing with memory
- 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat
- Two-position driver’s seat memory
- The G25 Evolve SP will pack:
- Black 18-inch alloy wheels
- Black exterior mirrors
- Black front grille
- Black cloth seats with red accents
- The X20 Astina has lost its manual option, and gains:
- e-Skyactiv badging on the rear
- Sky-X badging on the front fenders
- Engine sound and ride comfort improvements
The following changes have been made to colours and interior trims:
- Platinum Quartz Metallic has been added to the range
- Polymetal Grey is now offered on the sedan
- Titanium Flash has been removed from the range
- Pure White Leather isn’t an option on the X20 Astina
- Burgundy and Pure White leather can now be combined with any exterior colour on other Astina models