Photography by Mitchell OkeMazda Australia has added significant features to its Mazda3 and revised the names in some models to reflect these upgrades.

Mazda3 Neo is now tagged the Neo Sport. Its information system has been upgraded to MZD Connect, that operates through a ‘command controller’, DAB+ digital radio has been added to the radio and it now outputs through six speakers (up from four). A rear camera adds additional safety.

Similarly the Mazda3 Maxx, has also had Sport added to its name. New gear includes automatic wipers and headlights, dual-zone climate-control and an electric parking brake (EPB.

Mazda3 Touring retains its name but now has advanced keyless entry.

The Mazda3 Neo Sport, Maxx Sport and Touring grades all have a 2.0-litre petrol engine. A 2.5-litre petrol engine is installed in the SP25, GT and Astina variants. These haven’t had equipment upgrades at this time, but stay tuned as Mazda Australia may have news on these later.

Photography by Mitchell Oke

All have a five star safety rating from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). All Mazda3 models offer a range o i-ActivSense safety technology as standard. This includes Smart City Brake Support-Forward (SCBS-F). The Maxx Sport and all grades above it get SCBS-Reverse (SCBS-R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The upgraded Mazda3 models are on sale now and complement the existing range.

Neo Sport: $21,490 (manual), $23,490 (automatic)
Maxx Sport: $23,490 (manual), $25,490 (automatic)
Touring: $25,490 (manual), $27,490 (automatic)
SP25: $25,990 (manual), $27,990 (automatic)
SP 25 GT: $29,990 (manual), $31,990 (automatic)
SP 25 Astina: $33,490 (manual), $35,490 (automatic)
Note: These are driveaway prices and include all government and dealer delivery charges.

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