The Mazda3 sedan has officially been withdrawn from the local offering in South Africa. This decision comes just two years after the latest generation was introduced to our local market alongside the hatchback.
The official response regarding this decision states “Mazda Southern Africa has taken the decision to run out existing stock on the Mazda3 sedan. This is in line with the further decline of this vehicle segment in the South African Market, and the reduced interest we have seen from consumers. The Mazda3 hatch version will remain part of the vehicle line-up.”
Upon its arrival, the Mazda3 sedan was available in South Africa with two engine and transmission options and four trim levels. The range started things off with the Active which employed the brand’s naturally aspirated 1,5-litre four-cylinder with a six-speed manual gearbox. The flagship of the range was the Astina which made use of the naturally aspirated 2,0-litre four-pot with a six-speed torque converter. This variation remains unchanged in the hatch line up.
Revised pricing for the hatch line-up is as follows:
1,5 Active 6MT: R380 200
1,5 Dynamic 6MT: R395 200
1,5 Dynamic 6AT: R408 500
1,5 Individual 6MT: R445 100
1,5 Individual 6AT: R458 500
2,0 Astina 6AT: R499 700
Hoping Mazda Southern Africa will soon add the new turbocharged Mazda3 to its local range? Well, we’ve got some bad news for you.
The Japanese firm’s local arm has confirmed to CARmag.co.za the “turbocharged engine [in the Mazda3] is only offered to the North American market for the next few years”.
The turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2,5T unit (offered in that market in both hatchback and sedan body styles) generates 169 kW and 420 N.m when fed 87-octane petrol and 186 kW and 434 N.m when run on 93-octane fuel. That oomph is directed to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.