- 2023 Mazda 3 2.5L Gains Extra Strength in the US
- Japanese range transitions to exclusive light hybrid technology in the 3 and CX-30
- Updates not yet confirmed for Australia
Mazda updated 3 hatch and sedan In the US and Japan with more power and efficiency – but for now, there is no news for Australia.
The 2023 Mazda 3 Focuses on improvements under the hood, with North American variants – produced in Mexico, rather than Japan – fitted with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, increasing power slightly to 142 kW.
A spokesman for Mazda’s local arm said the company had nothing to share with updated models, after the recent price hike and the omission of the 12-speaker Bose audio system from the mid-spec G25 GT.
Pictured: 2022 Mazda 3 G25 Evolve SP
The increased power is a 3 kW bump over the current unit, which produces 139 kW and 252 Nm. Additionally, Mazda has equipped the petrol mill with upgraded cylinder deactivation technology to be “more efficient in specific operating conditions.”
In the US, the cost of the Mazda 3 is up for 2023, as Mazda seeks to increase profit after an operating loss of US$144.4 million (AU$204 million) in the first quarter of the Japanese fiscal calendar (April to June).
A turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine is available – as found on the Mazda 6, CX-5 and CX-9 – with 184 kW and 434 Nm of power in North American flagships, but it’s still not available for right-hand drive markets.
Meanwhile, the starter 2.0-liter Mazda 3 has been discontinued in the US; However, it will remain in other markets, including Australia and Japan.
for model year 2023, Japanese-spec variants switched exclusively to a mild hybrid setup For the 2.0-liter, the same 114 kW, 200 Nm (with six-speed engine and front-wheel drive) is being developed – optional in Australia, bearing the G20e badge, for a higher cost.
This change extended to CX-30 small SUVs in Japan, while a G20e mild hybrid powertrain is currently optional in Australia, according to the Mazda3.
There are no additional features for the 2023 Mazda 3 and CX-30 in Japan.
Pictured: 2022 Mazda CX-30 G20e Evolve
Mazda claims that the integrated 24V system allows for quieter operation, while providing stronger acceleration and lower fuel consumption.
Domestically, the Mazda 3 and CX-30 G20e produce a claimed 0.2 l / 100 km reduction in fuel consumption, at 5.9 l / 100 km for the 3 sedan, 6.0 l / 100 km for the third hatch, and 6.3 l / 100 km for the CX – 30.
The lack of a manual option and a higher cost in the form of the G20e mean Mazda is unlikely to make the powertrain standard in Australia, but an extended range may be under consideration.
Currently, the G20e is available exclusively on Evolve for the Mazda 3 and CX-30, which also offers the Vision Technology security package, keyless entry and electric driver’s seat as standard.
Pricing starts at $33,340 before road costs in the Mazda 3 are $2,250 higher than the “regular” G20 Evolve automatic with the optional Vision Technology package.
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