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New Mazda 3 facelift revealed

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Mazda 3

New Mazda 3 range features G-Vectoring Control, electric parking brake and suspension tweaks.

Next month will see the new Mazda 3 range go on sale, priced from £17,595, £500 over the current price tag.

The new Mazda rival to the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus will boast revised outside styling and a change to the design of the front grille to create what the makers believe is a ‘stronger’, more ‘three-dimensional look’. The changes to the front end make it look more like the CX3 and its siblings.

New squarer headlights, door mirrors featuring wrap-around indicators, and new fog light surroundings have also been added to the 2017 Mazda 3 range, and the hatchback has a redesigned bumper.

There are also new alloy wheel finishes and colours in the range. The two new colours feature the first production use of the MX-5 RF’s grey paint, which it showed off on its debut, and the new 18-inch alloys will be included in the Sport Nav spec.

Inside the new Mazda 3

In the cabin, significant efforts have been made to boost the quality feel of the new Mazda 3. These include the upgrading of door materials and dash trim inserts, together with the addition of a redesigned leather steering wheel.

Another first is the addition of an electric parking brake, and optional extras include adaptive LED headlights, a heads-up display upgrade, and a heated wheel.

New Mazda GVC technology

The 2017 Mazda 3 also gains G-Vectoring Control (GVC), as seen in the new Mazda 6. This subtly changes engine torque based upon the steering angle in order to boost passenger comfort and vehicle stability.

The system makes use of engine torque changes to add weight over the tyres at the front when moving into a corner. This, according to Mazda, means that the driver does not have to make as many steering corrections and reduces the lateral forces acting on passengers.

GVC is said to be a fundamental part of the current ‘Jinba Ittai’ ethos of the manufacturer. This refers to a rider and horse being ‘as one body’ and is the mantra under which Mazda is working as it attempts to improve comfort within its vehicles.

GVC, which is said to be particularly beneficial to drivers and passengers travelling long distances, comes as standard in the Mazda 6 range and it is expected to be the same for the new Mazda 3 collection.

Noise reduction for added comfort

The 1.5-litre and 2.2 diesels feature a Natural Sound Smoother system. This involves a device fitted to the pistons of the engine to reduce knocking when the car starts. It also improves refinement under load.

To improve noise control still further, the new Mazda 3s have additional sound insulation and new door seals to minimise road and wind noise.

Tweaks to the suspension, meanwhile, are aimed at improving ride comfort ride and enhancing handling, whilst the 2.2 diesel has a new throttle response improvement system.

The first buyers are expected to receive their new Mazda 3s before the end of the year, whilst an all-new alternative to this facelifted model is expected in 2018.

The history of the Mazda 3

The current-generation of the Mazda 3 was launched in the UK in 2014, whilst the original Mazda 3 made its very first appearance in 2003 as a model for 2004.

In Japan, the Mazda 3 is called the Mazda Axela, whilst the performance-boosted Mazda 3 model known to the European market as the Mazda 3 MPS is known in Japan as the Mazdaspeed Axela and North Americans call it the Mazdaspeed3.

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