Published on July 14th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair


Mazda 3/Axela Gets Updated in Japan, New Engines and Equipment

Mazda Motor Corporation has released an updated Mazda Axela sports compact (known as Mazda3 outside Japan), which goes on sale at dealers in Japan today. The updated model is now available with two clean diesel engines, as the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 joins the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 in the powertrain lineup.


Mazda’s new-generation lineup, which is designed to offer Jinba-ittai driving performance and an ideal driving position, got its start with the launch of the CX-5 in 2012. These products have been developed based on a human-centered development philosophy grounded in research into human traits and sensations in order to ensure a pleasing driving feel.


The updated Axela features G-Vectoring Control, the first in a series of new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the car’s Jinba-ittai feel.


Natural Sound Frequency Control, another new technology featured on the updated Axela, reduces diesel knock in the SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine for a more pleasant engine sound. Refinements have been made in every area based on Mazda’s human-centered development philosophy.


Here are some of the key updates:

Launch of G-Vectoring Control, first technology in the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS series

  • GVC is a control technology that varies engine torque in response to steering inputs in order to provide integrated control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces. It optimizes the vertical load on each wheel to make the motion of the vehicle smoother, more natural and in tune with bodily sensations.


High-precision DE boost control for enhanced Jinba-ittai feel with SKYACTIV-D engines

  • By optimizing boost control and making more precise fuel injection possible, engine torque response is controlled more precisely.


Diesel knock reduced with SKYACTIV-D for a more pleasant engine sound with Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control

  • Mazda focused on the relationship between pressure waves (vibrations) resulting from engine combustion, the cause of engine knock, and the resonant frequency of parts (structural resonance) to offer a quieter ride, especially in the louder frequency bands. This technology is standard equipment.

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Additional Powertrain Options

  • Vehicles with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine are now available with i-ACTIV AWD
  • The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 has been added to the engine line-up.

Enhanced Active Driving Display minimizes need to take your eyes off the road

  • Information on the driving environment is displayed in the top half and information on the vehicle below, reducing confusion.

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