Mazda 3, Mazda Axela Released with Many Updates - Dispatch Weekly

July 15, 2016 - Reading time: 2 minutes

The updated Mazda 3 aka Mazda Axela has landed in Japan with deliveries of the new sports compact commencing soon, the company has revealed.

While the Mazda 3 brings with a range of updates and new features, the company is also offering two new clean diesel engine models powered by the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2. Talking about the feature set, the updated Mazda 3 packs G-Vectoring Control – a first in a series of new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the car’s Jinba-ittai feel.

Further, the sports compact also brings with it Natural Sound Frequency Control that reduces diesel knock in the SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine for a more pleasant engine sound. Then there is the High-precision DE boost control Offers enhanced accelerator responsiveness even in light-load conditions, when the response may be slightly delayed, so the driver feels more in tune with the car. Enhanced Active Driving Display provides driving environment in the top half and information on the vehicle below, reducing confusion.

As far as the Hazard detection technology goes, the Mazda 3 features Traffic Sign Recognition System that has a forward-sensing camera which picks up speed limit signs and the speed limit is shown on the active driving display; Adaptive LED Headlights for superior visibility of high beams without blinding drivers in oncoming vehicles; and Collision avoidance and damage mitigation that can now detect pedestrians as well as vehicles.

Going into the design aspects, the updated Mazda 3’s exterior design reflects a mature sense of composure and elegance with sporty, high-quality interior design.

“Mazda is striving to become an irreplaceable presence in the lives of our customers, to create a special bond with them and to be a ‘one-and-only’ brand they will choose again and again,” said Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s President and CEO. “In order to do that, we will continue updating our models with next-generation technologies based on our human-centered development philosophy, without concern for the timing of redesigns. We believe clean diesel engines will continue to be an important environmental technology, and we will work to further popularize them in Japan and around the world.”

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