Already available for orders in the Land of the Rising Sun, Mazda has taken the wraps off its 2017 model year Mazda3 compact – which brings a plethora of refreshments to the table.
Called the Axela at home, the Mazda3 has a host of subtle exterior differentiations, such as the reworked front end with updated radiator grille and new headlights, while as far as we can tell out back the only modified component is the bumper. Inside the cockpit the Japanese automaker opted for a new steering wheel, new decorations for the dashboard and the doors, as well as an electric parking brake for the more upscale trims. There’s also an updated, brighter full-color head-up display coming in, with added functionality on top.
While the styling and cabin changes will only be apparent to fans of the series, Mazda has opted for a bevy of more noticeable modifications under the metal. For the first time on a Mazda model, the G-Vectoring Control system can tweak the engine torque in accordance to steering inputs in a drive to deliver integrated control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces. The refreshed Mazda3 also packs an i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system, which can even anticipate road conditions, weather, and the driver’s intentions to deliver “optimal distribution of torque to front and rear wheels.” The system is exclusive to the 2.2-liter diesel engine, which has been modified to lower the diesel knock. Mazda is also introducing the 1.5-liter petrol unit and 1.5-liter diesel motors, which have been first offered on the European specification 2016 model year.