Mazda Ups Value On 3 Neo, Maxx, Touring

by under News on 27 Feb 2018 01:21:33 PM27 Feb 2018

More kit, sharper drive-away deals. 

2018 Mazda 3 Hatch

Already one of Australia’s most popular cars, the Mazda 3 has received a kit upgrade on the three most affordable models, the 3 Neo, the 3 Maxx, and the 3 Touring, making the 3 a greater value proposition than ever before. Further, all models now get sharp drive-away deals nationwide, again pushing its appeal to an even broader range of buyers.

“The Mazda3 is one of our best performing cars. It’s unmatched combination of styling, handling, and performance has helped establish its position as a go-to. By improving and adding features as standard across the range, the Mazda 3 becomes and even more appealing and desirable package for our customers.” — Vinesh Bhindi, Managing Director, Mazda Australia
2018 Mazda 3 Hatch

The kit bumps focus on the Neo, Maxx, and Touring models, and we’ll start with the base model. The 3 Neo now gains the MZD Connect infotainment system, replete with its rotary controller, replacing the old-school infotainment system that used to be employed. Further, the Neo gains DAB+ digital radio, a reversing camera, and an additional two speakers (to a total of six). It also gains a new name: It’s the ‘Neo Sport’ now.

Move up to the Maxx, and it’s already decent kit lets gets more generous by adding things like automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, and an electric parking brake. It also gets a new moniker, dubbed the ‘Maxx Sport’ for the new model year.

2018 Mazda 3 Hatch

As for the Mazda 3 Touring, it adds… keyless entry. And it’s not called the ‘Touring Sport,’ either. At least the Touring, like the rest of the range, benefit from the standard-fit i-ACTIVESENSE suite of advanced driver assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking, while all but the Neo Sport get things like rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear autonomous braking (at low speeds).

The Mazda 3 range continues with the same range of engines, namely a 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol mill and a 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G petrol mill. The 2.0-litre puts out a decent 114kW and 200Nm, with decent pulling power and very linear revs. The higher-grade SP25, GT, and Astina grades get a 2.5-litre mill with 138kW and 250Nm, though both mills get a choice of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Mazda has also offered sharper drive-away prices for the entire Mazda 3 range. The Neo Sport now starts at $21,490 drive-away, the Maxx Sport for $23,490, the Touring for $25,490, the SP25 for $25,990, the SP25 GT for $29,990, and the SP25 Astina for $33,490, all with six-speed manual transmissions. The automatic will add an additional $2k to the purchase price.

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