Mazda has presented a new trim grade – the sportier ‘Venture Edition’ specification for its Mazda 3 and seven-seat Mazda 5 models. This is built on Mazda’s current TS2 specification and comes with added side skirts, a rear spoiler, tinted windows, front fog lights and a ‘sports’ grille. It also has gun metal alloys, which are 17 inches in diameter on the 3 and 16 inches on 5 models.
Venture Edition cars’ interior gets sat-nav, Bluetooth, air conditioning and cruise control. Mazda 3 versions will also feature heated sports seats, while the 5 gets a Piano Black centre console. The two engine versions are available with the Mazda 3 Venture Edition. These are the 104bhp 1.6-litre petrol, which starts from £17,495; and the 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel unit, which has a starting price of £18,995.
The engines that are available under the Mazda 5 Venture Edition line-up are the 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit, which has a starting price of £19,995; and 114bhp 1.6-litre oil burner, which costs at least £21,290. The Mazda 3 with the Venture Edition spec costs £500 higher than the standard TS2 models while the Mazda 5 with this trim costs £630 more.
When it comes to handling, the principle is generally you get a little change in the direction when the wheel is turned just a little bit. Similarly, if the wheels are turned a lot more, then one would expect the direction change would be the same. It may appear simple but a number of automakers find it difficult to reach this level of intuition. This has not been a problem for the Mazda 3 as it has built a name for being able to deliver exciting handling and the same time a more pleasant driving feel.
It puts focus on reliability when it comes to what the driver expects and how the car responds. With this proud tradition, the 2012 Mazda 3 is able to enhance even further this oneness of the vehicle and driver. Further, driving experience is made more comfortable ensuring that everyone inside enjoy their time no matter what the driving situation may be. This consistent and linear feel is what is known as Toitsukan. This is all about being able to get smooth transitions with regards to the G forces involved in acceleration, deceleration, and lateral. Of course, this also relates to turning, driving, and stopping.
What this means is that a vehicle is not just about being able to offer a sporty ride due to the sharp and excellent response. It also means being able to achieve a more consistent linear feel when it comes to how the car responds to the driver’s control operations.
As such, Toitsukan enhances the driving pleasure and at the same time introduces drivers to a feeling of control and excitement. Passengers are able to experience the benefits as well, especially with the stable and smooth movement of the vehicle. Mazda did everything to make sure that the different features would have the Toitsukan effect. It also has the added benefit of achieving a stronger body.
Other advantages include being able to implement the Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Steering system, or EHPAS, and the dampers on the front and rear being tuned optimally. The way the EHPAS works is that it utilizes new settings for the pump flow qualities. Thus, handling is that much easier at low speeds. From mid-range to high speed, the system results in a better feel and more positive feedback. When compared to the current model, the 2012 Mazda 3 is not only lighter but is also able to have a steering feel that is clearly more nimble.