The latest rendition of the Mazda3 is now available in three new colors: Eternal Blue Mica, Sonic Silver and Machine Grey Premium Metallic. Similar to the popular Soul Red, the Machine Grey Premium Mettalic adopts Mazda’s unique TAKUMINURI paint process, which features a reflective, aluminium flake layer only 2.5 microns thick.
The driver-oriented interior space has evolved, with a host of updates that include higher-quality switch panels and handle bezels on the doors, and a newly designed dashboard trim insert. The adoption of an electric parking brake creates space for a more practical center console. Available with a heated rim*, a new leather steering design enhances feel and style.
Both the Active Driving Display and instrument binnacle dials have been revised to improve the quality and readability of the instruments, the Active Driving Display having been upgraded to full color, making it brighter, higher definition and far easier to read at-a-glance. This enhanced interior is available in one of two new types of black fabric, or a choice of black or pure white leather.
The 2017 Mazda3 Hatchback and Sedan line-up is available with a choice of 105 PS SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter turbodiesel and 2.2-liter 150 PS SKYACTIV-D bi-turbo diesel engines, and three lightweight SKYACTIV-G petrol engines (1.5-liter 100 PS or 2.0-liter 120 PS) and a 2.0-liter 165 PS unit. The two SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engines benefit from new SKYACTIV-D technologies, such as High-Precision DE Boost Control, a Natural Sound Smoother (NSS) and Natural Sound Frequency Control- to sharpen engine responsiveness, improve quietness and enhance driving quality.
Across the whole 2017 Mazda3 range, overall refinement has been substantially improved with added noise suppression material in the doors, console and transmission tunnel area. Optimized door seals and additional vibration damping materials between the rear cross-members further improve cabin comfort.
Revisions to the MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension have focused on delivering improved ride comfort and reducing vibration, while at the same time enhancing the pin-sharp handling.
The 2017 Mazda3 also marks the range debut of G-Vectoring Control (GVC), the first of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies. It varies engine torque to optimize load on each wheel, indiscernibly providing more precise handling and improved comfort.
Last but not least, the i-ACTIVSENSE suite, Advanced Smart City Brake Support and Smart Brake Support (SBS) systems are retained from previous model, along an added feature; the new Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) function. Obviously, the Mazda3 has been gifted a maximum five-star rating by Euro-NCAP for safety and crash worthiness.