2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback: Beauty Through Substraction

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The forerunner of the Mazda 3 Hatchback family was born from the Mazda GLC (Great Little Car) which debuted in 1977, then was continued by the Mazda 323 family during the late 80-90s era.

Finally, the name Mazda 3 or Mazda Alexa blaze in the millennium era, globally precisely in October 2003 in Japan. Since then a total of 4 generations of Mazda 3 has rolled into the world car market.

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An aggressive design approach was given by Mazda to the Mazda 3 Hatchback. It can be seen from the concept of “less is more” that is radiated from the LED flat headlights with the latest design.

This headlight is equipped with Adaptive Front-Lighting system (AFS) technology, High-beam control (HBC), Auto Leveling & Auto On / Off, and packed with daytime running light.

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The latest generation Kodo Soul of Motion theme that promotes the principle of Beauty Through Subtraction is the main basis of the Mazda 3 Hatchback design concept.

Mazda designed the side shape design of the car with dimensions of 4,460mm x 1,765mm x 1,435mm (P x L x T) with a fairly sensual indentation with a heavier rear fender profile.

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The stern curves of the Mazda 3 Hatchback seem to follow the design path on the C pillar so that it indirectly makes the shape of the trunk door has a dynamic curve.

The most prominent hollowing point on the trunk door of the latest Mazda 3 hatchback is designed exactly parallel to the LED taillight area, as well as the Mazda logo which is the hiding place for the electric button to open the trunk door.

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The concept of Less is More is also present in the interior of the 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback. Mazda designers successfully designed a minimalist cabin shape but feel very premium because it uses leather accents.

This can be seen from the format of the button placement in the central console which leaves only the buttons for Dual Zone Front Auto Climatic Control and the MZD connect screen.

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Besides the larger AC grille, Mazda also features an instrument cluster with a 7-inch TFT screen and car information is also displayed on the Active Driving Display that functions like a Head-Up Display.

This steering wheel is also designed ergonomically and has a variety of multifunction buttons for audio and telephone systems, Cruise Control, and paddle shifts. Related to the position of the steering wheel can be adjusted tilt & telescopic.

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Mazda’s typical MZD Connect infotainment system now comes with a new interface. Appearing on the 8.8-inch TFT color display, the MZD Connect interface appears more elegant with simpler settings.

By default, the MZD Connect on this car has navigation capabilities, is connected to a smartphone via USB / Bluetooth, and can manage various car settings via Commander Control.

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The central console area also gets a new design from Mazda. The console box cover is made to function as an armrest with soft padded and covered with leather material and follows the principle of the Karakumi mechanism.

Besides, the Command Controller position is made just behind the transmission lever which is now aligned with the armrest, and a pair of middle cup holders are placed on the front side of the transmission lever.

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In addition to presenting the Sport mode feature, Mazda also embeds G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) technology which is tasked with increasing stability and control when the car maneuvers around the corner.

Besides relying on this technology, Mazda also embeds Mazda Radar Cruise Control technology. The Mazda Radar Cruise Control as part of I-ACTIVSENSE will use millimeter-wave radar to assess speed and distance relative to the car in front.

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Mazda uses the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with optimization on the intake port and piston shape, split fuel injection, and cooling valves to produce better fuel efficiency and dynamic performance.

This optimization makes this engine capable of removing 153 hp @ 6,000 rpm with a torque of 200 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. All those power is channeled to the front wheels via a 6-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission.

 

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