New 2017 Mazda3 has arrived

With global production having passed five million cars at the end of April 2016, the highly acclaimed Mazda3 is updated with the launch of the 2017 Mazda3. The new range will start at €23,295.

Highlights across the full hatchback and saloon range include subtle exterior changes and an updated cabin. In addition, we see the introduction of G-Vectoring Control (GVC ), the debut of Mazda’s SkyActiv-Vehicle Dynamics technology in the Mazda3 range.

As with all new-generation Mazdas, the carmaker tells us that it developed the latest version of the 2017 Mazda3 based on a human-centred development philosophy, paying close attention to human traits and perceptions to deliver a satisfying sensation to drivers and passengers alike. The sporty compact also received an extra portion of Jinba Ittai, Mazda’s rider-and-horse-as-one approach that originated as the guiding principle behind the iconic Mazda MX-5 roadster.

GVC varies engine torque to optimise the load on each wheel, providing more precise handling as well as a smoother ride under virtually any driving conditions. Diesel-powered versions of Mazda’s newest compact get high-precision boost control, which enhances accelerator responsiveness. It also comes with one new diesel knock-reduction innovation - Natural Sound Frequency Control - to dampen the vibrations that cause knocking in three critical frequency ranges, while extending another related technology - Natural Sound Smoother - to all diesel models.

Inside, the 2017 Mazda3 has usability and practicality added. An enhanced ‘Active Driving Display’ featuring a high quality full-colour display is one example. Mazda says that it eases communicating information to drivers without any need for them to take their eyes off the road. Mazda says that it has also improved steering wheel ergonomics.

Outside, the award-winning hatchback and saloon received a redesign, featuring a revised grille adding to a solid, low stance with a strong, composed physique. Advanced active and pre-crash safety equipment includes Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS ). Its forward-sensing camera replaces the current system’s laser, expanding the speed range for detecting other vehicles while adding pedestrian detection capabilities.

The 2017 Mazda3 will also be offered with LED headlights and an adaptive front lighting system that adjusts the angle of the headlights when cornering.

The 2017 Mazda3 range will start at €23,295 (RRP ) and the powertrain line-up will continue to feature two clean diesels, the SkyActiv-D 1.5 (105 PS ) and SkyActiv-D 2.2 (150 PS ).

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