Pricing and variants for 2019 Mazda 3 in Singapore announced, looks to offer strong value for a similar price to the previous model
UPDATE: We’ve driven the Mazda 3 in Singapore! Here’s what we think of the Hatchback 1.5G Astina
Photos by : Leow Ju-Len
SINGAPORE – The confirmed pricing and specifications for the new 2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatch have been revealed by distributor Eurokars Mazda.
Pricing starts from S$92,688 with COE for the sedan, and S$107,688 with COE for the hatchback.
Some of the information has been already published in the former story, but here are the condensed and most pertinent facts for car buyers to know about the car’s Singapore debut.
For Singapore, currently the only engine variant is the 1.5-litre with mild hybrid system.
There will be no manual or all-wheel drive variants for Singapore, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard.
The 1.5-litre engine makes 120hp at 6,000rpm, with 153Nm of torque, claimed fuel consumption is 5.5L/100km and in Singapore the car has a VES band of A2, a S$10k rebate.
The sedan has a 0-100km/h time of 11.9-seconds, and top speed of 200km/h, while the hatch does 12.1-seconds and 192km/h, respectively.
The belt-driven motor generator is a 6.8hp unit with 48.5Nm of torque and motor assist is only applied when accelerating from a standstill. A small lithium ion battery pack is located near the front firewall.
The hybrid system is mainly for recuperating energy and allowing extended start-stop operation, like the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz C 200, it can’t run on electric power alone.
Currently under consideration for Singapore are the 2.0-litre Skyactiv G and 2.0-litre Skyactiv X models, and there is no indication of when they will arrive.
As before, the sedan and hatchback are both on sale in Singapore. The hatchback is priced slightly higher and aimed at customers who want a sportier-looking car.[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8spV3SYSuc[/embedyt]
Three trim levels will be offered for the 1.5 in Singapore, from least to most expensive they are Classic, Elegance, Astina, priced at S$92,688 with COE, S$99,688 with COE, and $103,688 with COE, respectively.
The hatch is sold only in Elegance and Astina trim levels, priced at S$107,688 with COE, and S$111,688 with COE, respectively.
The new Mazda Connect infotainment system with its 8.8-inch display screen and navigation is standard issue for all models – unlike the previous car there is no bare-bones version with a basic monochrome LCD display radio system.
Also standard for all models is the heads-up display and 7.0-inch TFT active driver instrument panel.
There’s also a new eight-speaker, eight-channel sound system that is standard on all models. It has six speakers in front and two in the back, including new front woofers that are mounted under the dashboard near the front wheels.
The optional Bose sound system seen on Astina-spec models adds four extra speakers, including a rear subwoofer.
Classic, the base spec, has 16-inch wheels, LED headlamps with no DRLs, power folding mirrors, Urethane-covered steering wheel, PVC covered shift knob, manual aircon, manual dimming mirrors, leather upholstery and manual seats. Classic spec cars lack most of the advanced safety features, and only rear parking sensors, but still have a reverse camera.
Elegance, the middle spec, has 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights with DRLs, power folding side mirrors with auto dimming, auto dimming rear view mirror, leather steering wheel and shift knob, a DVD player, automatic air con, powered front seats with leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors. All variants except Classic have keyless entry/start.
Astina is the highest spec, and has most of the equipment that comes with Elegance, plus a little more. The LED lights are the Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), which have more functions than the Adaptive LED headlights (ALH) on the Elegance model. It also has all of the advanced safety systems on board (see below).
For the Astina trim level, the five-door hatchback is offered with an exclusive exterior colour, Polymetal Gray, and interior upholstery colour in Burgundy.
Safety is also boosted with the Mazda 3 having seven airbags as standard – a driver’s knee airbag, dual front, dual curtain and dual side airbags. It’s also where we see major differences between the three specifications.
Elegance spec cars have adaptive front lighting, high beam control, a 360 view monitor, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning, radar-based cruise control with distance and speed alert. There’s also Smart Brake Support (which boosts braking power in emergency situations and also brakes autonomously), and it also works when it detects traffic approaching while in reverse.
Astina spec cars add, on top of all this, driver monitoring (fatigue and attention monitoring), Front Cross Traffic Alert, and Cruising and Traffic Support, which adds steering assist to the adaptive cruise control.
All in all, that looks like tremendous value that Mazda is offering with its new 3, buyers can go from the least-expensive but still decently equipped Classic model to the Astina spec car which can rival Europeans for features in a still mainstream price. Stay tuned for our review soon!