The 2017 Mazda 3, known as Mazda Axela in the home market, went on sale today in Japan with a number of new features.
Like with all new-generation Mazdas, the carmaker developed the latest version of the 2017 Mazda 3 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.
The 2017 Mazda 3 marks the world debut of G-Vectoring Control (GVC). It’s first system in the new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS range of technology providing integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the Jinba-Ittai factor. 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 Mazda 3 adds usability and practicality with, for example, an enhanced Active Driving Display featuring a high quality full-colour display. It eases communicating information to drivers without any need for them to take their eyes off the road. Among other things, Mazda has also improved steering wheel ergonomics. Outside, the award-winning hatchback and fastback designs feature 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 Mazda 3 will also be offered with Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH), including glare-free high beams delivering superior night-time visibility without blinding other motorists as well as wide-range low beams and an automatic levelling feature.
The 2017 Mazda 3 is slated to arrive in Europe starting later this year. The powertrain line-up will continue to feature three SKYACTIV-G petrol engines – the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 (100 PS) and two SKYACTIV-G 2.0s (120 PS & 165 PS) – as well as two clean diesels, the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 (105 PS) and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 (150 PS). They are mated to a crisp shifting six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission*.
* SKYACTIV-G 1.5 and SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (165 PS) offered with manual only in Europe; sedan not available with SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (165 PS), SKYACTIV-D 2.2 with manual only