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Shortly after the facelifted Mazda 3 was unveiled, here come images of the updated sedan and hatchback in Australia, where prices start from AUD$23,601 (RM72,009) and customers will have the choice of either a 2.0 litre or 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine.

The Australian market receives three variants for the 2.0 litre model – Neo, Maxx and Touring, the latter being the highest trim level, and three variants for the 2.5 litre model; SP25, SP25 GT and the SP25 Astina.

All variants gain the visual updates, including the reshaped front grille and chrome surrounds, repositioned Mazda logo, larger lower intakes, new fog lamp enclosures, as well as LED turn indicator strips incorporated into the side mirrors.

Only the top two variants (SP25 GT and SP25 Astina) will receive the new LED headlamps (with LED DRLs) and LED tail lamps, while the rest will have to make do with halogen units. On the SP25 GT, the headlamps come with Mazda’s Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS), and the SP25 Astina gets the more advanced adaptive LED headlamp technology instead.

Inside, the Neo, Maxx and SP25 will get black fabric seats, whereas the Touring, SP25 GT and SP25 Astina comes with black leather seats, with the option of “pure white” leather as well. Power seats are once again reserved for the SP25 GT and SP25 Astina, but only the latter comes with a two-position memory function.

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Other equipment found inside the cabin include Mazda 3’s new colour heads-up display, which will only be available on the top two variants. Dual-zone automatic climate control is available on all variants, with the exception of the Neo and Maxx, as well as an electronic parking brake.

The MZD 7-inch colour touchscreen infotainment unit will be featured in all variants save for the Neo, and is hooked up to a nine-speaker Bose 231-watt sound system in the SP25 GT and Astina. Other variants will have to make do with a six-speaker setup, although they still come with the commander control, internet radio and steering wheel-mounted controls.

All Australian Mazda 3s come as standard with the company’s i-Activsense safety suite, but only includes Smart City Brake Support-Forward (SCBS-F). Moving up the range, the Maxx and all variants above it get SCBS-Reverse (SCBS-R), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The SP25 Astina receives the full set of safety systems, including Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keep Assist System (LAS) and Forward Obstruction Warning. Other standard features on all Mazda 3 variants include Hill Launch Assist, i-Stop idling stop system and Mazda’s new SkyActiv-Vehicle Dynamics, which includes the company’s G-Vectoring Control system.

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