Mazda has launched its new Mazda 3 sedan in Australia, complementing its sporty hatch in the showroom with a ‘more practical and elegant’ bodystyle.
Sporting the same design up front as its hatchback sibling, the Mazda 3 sedan has a more seriously capacious boot which sacrifices the hatch’s voluptuous rump styling for storage space.
Mazda Australia sees the new sedan as a more elegant and sporty comrade to the hatch which has already established itself with Aussie buyers.
Hatch pricing: 2019 Mazda 3 pricing and specification revealed
“The sedan is more practical, with a larger boot and better leg room,” said Mazda Australia marketing director, Alastair Doak.
“We see the sedan introducing some elegance while the hatch is focusing on sportiness in that segment.
Indeed the sedan offers up a much larger 444L boot - 40L more than previously available on the Mazda 3 sedan and a massive 149L over the new-gen hatch.
The new sedan has arrived in Mazda showrooms around the country with pricing and equipment which mirrors that of its sibling, except a tweak in leather colour option for the top-grade Astina.
Engine options for the sedan also match that of the hatchback with two four-cylinder drivetrains available initially: the ‘G20’ 2.0-litre producing 114kW and 200Nm, and ‘G25’ which develops 139kW/252Nm - an increase of 1kW and 2Nm over the previous generation. Economy varies for each variant, consuming a combined fuel consumption of 6.1-6.6L/100km.
Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine is still on course to arrive late-2019 at the earliest, with Doak suggesting 2020 is a realistic timeline for customers to get into models with the breakthrough compression-ignition petrol motor.
Though the new Mazda 3 range has increased in price by around $3500-$4500 for equivalent models, equipment is elevated and Doak says that it has not deterred sales of the new hatchback.
“What we’re seeing is customers are not hesitating to get into the new model, regardless of a slight price increase because it offers so much more. And the styling and what is offered justifies that obviously.”
All Mazda3 sedans come equipped with comprehensive i-Activesense safety technology including AEB, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and forward collision warning. Every model comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and the six-speed automatic is a $1000 cost-option across the range.
Starting at $24,990, the entry-level G20 Pure is kitted with 16-inch alloys, fabric trim interior, 8.8-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlights and an eight-speaker stereo system.
From $26,690, the G20 Evolve adds 18-inch alloys, dual-zone climate with rear air vents and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
The G20 Touring is priced from $28,990 and brings keyless entry, black leather upholstery and 10-way electric seats; the G25 Evolve adds the more powerful engine and gains the Touring’s kit, minus leather trim, and is priced at $29,490.
Towards the pointy-end of the range is the G25 GT priced from $33,490, which has a leather-trimmed interior, heated seats and steering wheel, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
The top-spec G25 Astina, the hatchback version of which won a Wheels comparison test in the May 2019 issue, is priced at $36,990 and gains unique black 18-inch alloys, black or white leather, 360-degree birds eye camera, sunroof and adaptive LED headlights. The Astina also comes as standard with driver monitoring, front cross-traffic alert and automated adaptive cruise control and steering assist in traffic - available in the $1500 Vision Technology pack on all other models.
Mazda 3 sedan pricing (plus on-road costs):
G20 Pure - $24,990
G20 Evolve - $26,690
G20 Touring - $28,990
G25 Evolve - $29,490
G25 GT - $33,490
G25 Astina - $36,990