Mazda Motor Corporation today announced the commencement of sales of the upgraded Mazda Axela (four-door) and Mazda Axela Sport (hatchback). Both models feature enhanced equipment and additional model grades, and go on sale today at Mazda, Mazda Anfini, and Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.
This upgrade of the Axela and Axela Sport models (known as Mazda3 in overseas markets) resulted in an expanded array of standard equipment, including an 'autolight system' (headlights switch on automatically), windshield wipers with a rain sensor feature, along with a CD player with six speakers as enhanced audio equipment. New, stylish body colors--Copper Red Mica and Caron Gray Mica--are also available for some of the grades.
In addition, the equipment upgrade also features advanced items added as standard equipment. For example, the Axela Sport model, with either a 2.0-liter or 2.3-liter engine, has brown leather seats, a BOSE® audio system with seven speakers, and also boasts gloss-painted aluminum wheels, all of which are available on the 20H and 23H grades. Another new grade 15C features a black interior to meet customer needs.
Overview of feature upgrades for existing grades
Changes to lamps/reflectors
With the goal of promoting mutual recognition of international automotive standards, the following changes have been made in order to correspond to the new lamp/reflector regulations:
Factory installed options
In line with the equipment review, the C-package for the 20C grade includes the following:
Features of new grades
20H and 23H
Gloss-painted aluminum wheels (16-inch wheels for 20H, and 17-inch wheels for 23H)
- Door handles painted silver
- Autolight system and rain sensor-equipped wipers
Two colors, Carbon Gray Mica and Black Mica are available for these models.
Axela (four door) and Axela Sport (hatchback) are equipped with a 1.4 liter DOHC engine, with either a 4EC automatic or five-speed manual transmission
A new Sport Package is available that features 15-inch aluminum wheels, leather steering wheel and shift knob, and rear disk brakes. It is only available for the Axela Sport model.
Please also note the aforementioned changes that were made to comply with new headlight regulations also apply to these new grades. However, the rear bumper side reflector color change only applies to the 20H and 23H grades.
Manufacturer suggested retail prices for Axela and Axela Sport models