1 Oct 1985
Mazda matured the 323 along with its demographic.
The 3rd-generation was improved in all areas, including space, performance, and – especially – refinement and safety. Initially only two new engines were available – a 53kW 1.6 and a fuel-injected (EFI) 61kW 1.6L version – while transmission choices were now either a 5-speed manual or improved 3-speed automatic.
Handling, ride, and road holding qualities also took a big step forward. Sophisticated features like 4-wheel disc brakes, a sunroof, adjustable shock absorbers, cruise control, power steering, electric windows, central locking and digital instrumentation became available.
The range was now made up of the Deluxe, Super Deluxe and new luxury Limited 4-door sedan and 5-door hatch, and sports SS 3-door hatch.
The 1.6 EFI engine was an option on the Super Deluxe and standard on the latter two models.
In June ’86 an all-new Mk3 323 Super Deluxe 4-door wagon arrived powered by the 53kW 1.6L engine. Gradually the Mk3 moved slightly upmarket to make room for the 121 light car launched in March 1987.