Mazda 3 receives an upgrade in power and fuel consumption in the US

Mazda in the US has unveiled a host of mechanical changes to its popular small car and that could be good news for Australian buyers.

Mazda has given its trio of hatchbacks and sedans a boost in the US market, foreshadowing possible changes in Australia.

The upgrade applies to the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that saw an increase in power from 139 kW to 142 kW. Torque remains unchanged at 252 Nm.

In addition, fuel economy has also been improved due to the introduction of “Upgraded Cylinder Deactivation Technology” which is an improvement of approximately 2 to 3 percent.

Mazda USA announces power and efficiency upgrades for its 2.5-liter engine

Mazda USA says the updated technology allowed the 3 to be more efficient under unnamed ‘specified conditions’ and noted that the fuel consumption claim has not yet been finalized.

US test requirements for fuel economy differ from Australian test standards, so improvements in our official figures can vary, but if the percentage change is applied directly to the G25 Evolve SP slot, for example, the consumption can vary. Decreases from 6.6 to 6.4 l / 100 km in the combined cycle.

A spokesperson for Mazda Australia said chasing cars Mazda 3s equipped with 2.5-liters (referred to as the G25 variants) already feature cylinder deactivation technology, but it declined to comment on whether the recent changes in the US market would be carried over domestically.

Mazda 3 G25 Astina Hatch 2021-2
Mazda Australia has not yet confirmed whether the changes will come to Australia

Given that Mazda USA and Mazda Australia both source their cars from Japan, it’s likely that these latest mechanical changes will be carried over to domestic models over the next 12 months.

The US market is also receiving turbocharged versions of the 2.5-liter engine making 186 kW/434 Nm and an all-wheel drive option, which Mazda Australia said it wanted to import last year but has not seen any further developments since then.

Mazda 3 range explained

Despite the SUV’s growing popularity, the Mazda 3 remains a solid performer with Australian buyers. As of July this year, the Mazda 3 is the fourth most popular small car in Australia with 5,520 units sold, behind the Toyota Corolla (15136), Hyundai i30 (13510) and Kia Cerato (8421).

The Mazda 3 is offered as either a sedan or hatch in a selection of Pure, Evolve, Evolve SP, Touring, Astina and GT grades, with a variety of additional technologies and luxury packages available.

Buyers can choose from three petrol four-cylinder engines, consisting of the 114 kW / 200 Nm 2.0 liter ‘G20’, the 139 kW / 252 Nm 2.5 liter ‘G25’ or the 132 kW Mazda Intelligent Engine 224 Nm ‘X20’ Skyactiv – a 2.0-liter X-power unit that uses compression ignition technology to save fuel.

Mazda 3 G25 Evolve SP 2022 rear hatch 3/4
Mazda 3 is available with manual transmission across the entire range

Mazda is still one of the few manufacturers that offer Six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic right across the range, with all the power sent directly to the front wheels.

Pricing starts at $26,340 before road costs for a hand-crafted Mazda 3 Pure that includes cloth upholstery, a leather steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels and an 8.8-inch multimedia screen.

Quality goods like leather upholstery with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, 18-inch alloys, and safety equipment like a 360-degree camera.

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