Report – 2018 Mazda3 is subtle as a Japanese haiku image

The compact model is being enhanced for the 2018 model year, but according to reports it will be a very subtle makeover, adding some new technical elements.

Both the four-door sedan and the five-door hatchback will remain available for the new model year facelift, with the Grand Touring model adding Bi-LED headlights with auto-leveling, and a combination of LED taillights and LED daytime running lights. Tourign versions for the sedan are also new with a lip spoiler. More importantly, the Touring trim packs a reworked 2.5-liter engine now capable of 184 horsepower (137 kilowatts), with the lower-trim Sport model still available with the same 2.0-liter engine producing 155 hp (115 kW).

All versions have a standard six-speed manual transmission, and an automatic gearbox can be had for an extra $1,050. Unfortunately, the $800 i-Eloop regenerative braking option has been ditched from the Grand Touring trim. There’s also a newly developed low-speed automatic emergency braking – Smart City Brake – optional on most trims and working up to 19 miles per hour (30 kph), while the Touring gets new perks such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2018 Mazda3 has already been silently sent to US dealerships with a starting price of $18,970, the base model being the sedan with manual transmission. Prices can go up to $26,370 for the hatchback Grand Touring.

Via CarsDirect