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Pricing and specs revealed for 2017 Mazda3

Mazda has revealed pricing and specification details for the 2017 Mazda3, which brings subtle exterior changes and an updated cabin plus the introduction of the G-Vectoring Control technology.

2017 Mazda3

The 2017 Mazda3 gains styling enhancements, new technology and a revised cabin

On sale from 1 October and priced from £17,595 to £24,195 OTR, the updated Mazda3 hatchback and Fastback models are marked out for the 2017 model year with a revised grille bearing a more prominent three-dimensional look and a new front fog light bezel. Both body styles gain revised door mirrors feature wraparound turn indicators, while hatchback versions have a redesigned rear bumper. New paintwork and alloy options are also added to the line-up.

Interior updates include higher-quality switch panels and handle bezels on the doors, plus a newly designed trim insert on the dashboard. Other highlights are a new electric parking brake and a new leather steering wheel design, offered in a heated version in combination with leather seats.

The 2017 Mazda3 also gains G-Vectoring Control, which marks the first of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies. Also being offered on the updated Mazda6, this varies engine torque to optimize wheel load to enhance handling. In addition, Mazda has updated the MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension to improve ride comfort and reduce vibration.

Engine line-up is carried over but the sub-100g/km 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel and the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D engine now feature the Transient Control system to enhance throttle response.

The range also gains Mazda’s Natural Sound Smoother (NSS) technology, which reduces knock noise during starting and low-speed acceleration on diesel engines, accompanied by added noise suppression material elsewhere.

Other technology highlights include the adaption of a full-color display on the enhanced head–up display system, while for the first time the Mazda3 is offered with Adaptive LED headlights.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.