The New Mazda3: Is is that impressive after all?
Mazda has always been confident with its bold steps. And this attitude hasn't changed with the new 2017 Mazda3. As always, we see rather confident vehicles, created by a confident and skilled team and honestly said, we are impressed. Again. Recently unveiled, the vehicle comes with fresh exterior changes, interior updates and of course, some neat drivetrain tweaks.
So, what did Mazda buyers and enthusiasts like about this one? Let's start with the exterior looks, shall we? As always, Mazda presents a beautiful and expressive design: there is a new front grille design, refreshed LED headlights with new illumination technology, new 18-inch wheels and a total of nine body finishes. These include an all-new for Mazda3 lineup: Eternal Blue Mica.
The cabin has also received some special attention. It has evolved and now includes even higher-quality components. There are new dashboard and trim inserts, more practical central console, leather steering wheel and more.
There are also new Active Driving Display and instrument binnacle dials that are not only far more functional, compared to the predecessor models, but also contribute to a better interior expression and ambience. In fact, as we are talking about ambience, the new model is available with either black fabric or a combination of black and white leather.
Drivetrain system and additional gadgets
2017 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan models come with a choice of engine systems. Starting with a 105hp (78kW) SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter turbodiesel and a 2.2-liter 150hp (111kW) SKYACTIV-D bi-turbo diesel engine, the latest generation of Mazda3 will also be available with three SKYACTIV-G petrol units: a 1.5-liter 100hp (74kW) unit, a 2.0-liter 120hp (89kW) engine and a 2.0-liter 165hp (123kW). All of these are Euro6-complant systems and can be further paired to a six-speed manual or automatic SKYACTIV gearbox systems.
In terms of fresh additions, Mazda3 offers a G-Vectoring Control System that further expands the list of SKYACTIV DYNAMICS technologies. What this bad boy does is to change torque distribution in order to optimize load on each wheel and therefore provide more precise handling and driving comfort.
Also, the vehicle is equipped with an i-ACTIVSENCE driver-supporting safety technologies that aim to become a segment-leader in terms of comfort and safety. There are also Advanced Smarty City Brake Support, Smart Brake Support and Traffic Sign Recognition systems. Sweet.
As it looks like, this one is a worthy Mazda family member. But tell me, what do you think?