The new Mazda 3 has just been introduced to the local market by Bermaz Auto Philippines. We’ve caught a glimpse of it before and got a general concept of what to expect. Although now that we have the Philippine-spec units and prices to go along with it, what does the Japanese company promise with this new vehicle? Let’s take a look at some of its features.
Mazda still stays true to its KODO or “Soul of Motion” design that gives life to the exterior by playing with curves and how light uniquely bounces off its panels. In short, it offers fresh styling that stands out and begs to be noticed. It has that minimalist but artistic approach and it certainly works for the Mazda 3.
Step inside and the simplicity continues. There’s nothing too fancy to see here except for the driver-centric layout which exudes a premium feel thanks to the materials used.
Its cabin has also been designed with superior acoustics in mind. The company claims they were able to achieve a natural and rich-sounding cabin by strategically positioning its 12 speakers and cutting down on sound reflection. We haven’t experienced it first-hand, but that’s kind of a bold claim from the company if they couldn’t back it up.
These, coupled with the company’s “Jinba Ittai” concept of machine and man as one, ensure that the ergonomics inside serve its driver well to further enjoy the driving experience and create that bond between each other. This also brings us to our next point.
In order for the car to feel like an extension of your body, the interior has to be comfortable.
With the previously mentioned concept, one of the ideas is for the car to support wherever your body leans. This simply means the vehicle’s structure and interior provide comfort, especially during long drives.
Additionally, the company made sure that they give ample attention to dampening vibrations and reducing noise seeping into the cabin. By using new sound-absorbing upholstery that supposedly traps sound, a quieter cabin and overall smoother drive is what the passengers experience with the new Mazda 3.
It also tends to spoil the modern driver with its lineup of creature comforts. Things like auto brake hold come into play during heavy traffic, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and auto-dimming rearview mirror are just some to mention.
The Philippine-specific Mazda 3 doesn’t come with the new Skyactiv-X engine that Europe has. Instead, the local market gets Skyactiv-G inline-4 engine options mated to a six-speed automatic. The naturally aspirated engine outputs up to 152hp and 200Nm which should be enough for everyday drives plus some room for its legs to stretch when the road ahead clears up.
It also comes with G-Vectoring Control Plus that should be able to refine steering and make the vehicle safer and more stable overall. By calculating data while driving on a curb, for example, the system applies input that complements the task at hand and helps the driver gain control while coming out of said turn.
As a quick recap, the new Mazda 3 aims to tick the boxes for a capable car in the city but promises a number of features and innovations to further enjoy the ride experience. It’s styled skilfully inside and out, aims to ensure comfort throughout drives, provides high-quality entertainment, packs a capable engine, and prioritizes safety.
It comes in five variants in the Philippines with the following price points:
- Mazda 3 1.5-liter Sedan Elite — PhP 1,295,000
- Mazda 3 1.5-liter Sportback Elite — PhP 1,320,000
- Mazda 3 2.0-liter Sedan Premium — PhP 1,495,000
- Mazda 3 2.0-liter Sportback Premium — PhP 1,510,000
- Mazda 3 2.0-liter Sportback Speed — PhP 1,590,000
Latest Honda BR-V now available in the Philippines
With Honda SENSING
As 2022 winds down, Honda has released the latest iteration of its best-selling Honda BR-V in the Philippines.
It will be available in the following variants and retail prices:
- 1.5 S MT: PhP 1,090,000
- 1.5 S CVT: PhP 1,150,000
- 1.5 V CVT: PhP 1,295,000
- 1.5 VX CVT Honda SENSING: PhP 1,390,000
The Lunar Silver Metallic and Meteoroid Grey Metallic color options will be available across all variants. Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl, and Premium Opal White Silver Pearl, meanwhile, may be chosen depending on the variant.
Features will include newly-designed LED taillights, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), power-adjustable door mirrors, power folding mirrors, and integrated LED side turn signal lights, again depending on the chosen model.
In the cockpit area of the all-new Honda BR-V is a new 7-inch touchscreen display audio. The infotainment system supports Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and USB.
Complementing this connectivity is a sound system composed of up 6 speakers if you’re getting the VX or V CVT Honda SENSING.
Fuel economy-wise, the BR-V has also been tested to go for up to about 24 kilometers per liter for the top-of-the-line models.
With advanced features and a premium look, the 7-seater SUV will once again offer Honda SENSING to give drivers peace of mind and safety on the road.
One push start system will be available for 3 variants, while keyless entry will also be having keyless entry.
Speaking of safety, here are more features from Honda SENSING:
- Lead Car Departure Notification (LCDN) System: Alerts the driver when the car in front has moved ahead from a standstill
- Collision Mitigation Brake system (CMBS): Pedestrians are detected in front to reduce the risk of a potential collision, reducing vehicle speed
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): Keeps vehicle at the center of the road and in the best driving position
- Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW): Avoids collisions by providing both audible and visual warnings whenever car swerves without signal lights; LDW also notifies when the car goes off course
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Helps maintain a stable speed at a driver-determined distance, relative to the vehicle in front
- Auto-High Beam (AHB): This system allows the driver to automatically turn on high beams when there are no other vehicles ahead; it will also turn off when there is counterpart traffic
The all-new Honda BR-V is now available at any of the 37 Honda Cars dealerships nationwide.
Sony plans to pack a PlayStation 5 into a Honda
Car might not arrive until 2025
Though it’s relatively easier now, it’s still not a walk in the park to grab a new PlayStation 5. If you still find yourself without the new console, there might be a new, unlikely way to get one. Sony has opened the possibility of a built-in PS5 inside a Honda car.
Earlier this year, Sony announced a partnership with Honda to create an electric vehicle company. Naturally, an electric vehicle isn’t as easy to make as a smartphone or a console. Still, the two companies’ joint venture is going swimmingly.
According to a recent interview with the Financial Times, Sony Honda Mobility plans to integrate entertainment with mobility, creating a competitive niche to go against Tesla. In the interview, company president Izumi Kawanishi explained that adding a PlayStation 5 to a Honda car is now “technologically possible.”
However, even if it’s technologically possible, will Sony Honda Mobility do it? Kawanishi explains that the company still has to make the car completely autonomous, thereby eliminating the need for driver input and freeing riders to play in the car.
Though current electric vehicle companies sometimes tout autonomous driving, cars today still need a driver to look after the car on the road. That said, it will take a while for the company to create the car they are envisioning. A car might not materialize until 2025, at the earliest. By that time, the PlayStation 5 might not be as powerful as it is now. Maybe a PlayStation 5 Pro in a Honda car soon?
Ford elevates automobile experience through FordPass
Start, stop, lock, and unlock using your mobile device!
Ford is inching closer to becoming a technology company with its array of innovative features packed in its automobiles.
During the 25th anniversary celebration of Ford in the Philippines, the company marked the advent of FordPass in the country. It’s a mobile application that allows access to vehicle-specific content and support, making it a smart all-in-one platform for connectivity and security.
Vehicles equipped with FordPass Connect — or a cellular model containing an eSim that enables the vehicle to connect to the internet — can utilize remote control functions. For instance, Ford vehicle owners can remotely start, stop, lock, and unlock their automobiles, as well as check the fuel level through their smartphones.
There’s also a vehicle locator feature that allows Ford owners to find their vehicles in crowded parking areas. The feature is extremely useful for those who always forget where they parked their cars.
How to install FordPass?
To install FordPass, simply download the app via the App Store and Google Play Store. Select the FordPass icon on the homescreen, select “Philippines” and create your account.
After you enter your details, you can request a code for a one-time pin (OTP) to be sent via SMS. Registration will be complete when you received an SMS confirmation.
FordPass is available on mobile devices running Android 7.0 and above, and iOS 14.0 and above.
How to add a Ford Vehicle on FordPass?
If you have the next-generation Ford Ranger and next-generation Ford Everest (all models), you can add your vehicle to your FordPass app.
Click the drop-down on top of the screen and select ‘Add Vehicle’. It will prompt you to enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) and you’ll have to wait for confirmation. Once done, you can enter a nickname for your Ford Vehicle. Then, activate it.
FordPass is accessible to Ford owners starting December 2, 2022.
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