Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Polymetal Gray on the 2019 Mazda3 Plays With Your Eyes (w/ 21 Photos)


The launch of the all-new 2019 Mazda3 at the L.A. Auto Show revealed that Mazda’s going to introduce a new color, Polymetal Gray exclusively for the 5-door hatchback. Despite that though, for the first batch of press shots, Mazda still stuck to their trademark Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray Metallic. Three months after though, here comes a deluge of Polymetal Gray goodness.

Coinciding with its European launch, Mazda has released more than 20 photos of the Mazda3 hatchback finished in this new premium color. Supposed to maximize Mazda’s efforts to elevate “cars as art,” the Polymetal Gray looks very playful to the eye. Under certain lighting conditions, particularly under direct sunlight, it looks matte, while in others, like sunrise or sunset, it still gives off a strong metallic sheen.

Mazda hasn’t revealed details yet on how they were able to achieve this new finish.




Aside from countless angles of the Polymetal Gray Mazda3 hatchback, the new set of Mazda3 photos shows off the newest version of the MZD Connect. Unlike the current icon-based set-up, the newest version of Mazda’s infotainment system looks even more simplified, opting to go with clear, concise text-based menus instead of icons.

For the European market, the 2019 Mazda3 comes initially with two engines. The first is the improved 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine which now has cylinder deactivation and Mazda’s very own M Hybrid 24V system. This mild-hybrid system improves fuel economy by recycling recovered kinetic energy. A belt-driven integrated starter generator (ISG) converts the energy in the lithium-ion battery, while the DC-DC converter supplies it to the car’s electrical equipment. The other engine is a 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine.




Interestingly, for the European market, Mazda’s 2.0-liter engine is tuned only for 122 horsepower (the torque is stout though at 203 Nm). Don’t fret though because it’s available in a higher state of tune and that’s like the one that’ll be made available for the Philippines.

Bermaz Auto Philippines, the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country remains coy about the exact timing of the 2019 Mazda3’s arrival. We’ll try to get more information soon, but for now, you can look at these new Mazda3 photos.




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