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

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Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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