Yesterday we got some really awesome pictures from Japan, including new 2017 Mazda 3. The release of new Mazda 3 is scheduled for the second half of this year, and it is going to hit the showrooms in Australia in August.
Actually, almost two months ago, we saw some of the leaked news about the 2017 Mazda Axela (which is Mazda3’s name for Japanese market), and that leak still holds up. Only different thing is that we have new photos and some new data for the interior and the technology that is going to be implemented in the final version.
2017 Mazda 3 Exterior
The Exterior of new 2017 Mazda 3 has gone through some subtle changes. The front fascia is changed with the new bigger grille, new headlights and the logo firmly fitted inside the grille. The rear had endured even smaller changes except the rear bumper which now has a lot less grey plastic on the body’s bottom edge.
The upper trim level is going to get an adaptive LED headlights technology (it is confirmed for the Japanese market, but we are not yet certain for the rest of the world). That technology is going to protect the incoming traffic from the high beam lights. They feature a row of LEDs. Each one will be responsible for the different section of the road. If the sensors detect the incoming traffic, it will switch off the parts on the LED lamps which are pointing to it. That is how it works even if you are closing into some vehicle that is going the same way as you are. The system will keep only the lamps around the vehicle in front of you, and the others will be turned off or pointed the other way.
There are low beam LEDs too, which illuminate the wider area on either side, and it automatically goes to the high beam if you are traveling at speeds higher than 95km/h. The sensor that controls the entire process is a forward facing camera, which will now have an ability to detect pedestrians and vehicles likewise. Safety wise, Mazda has been working on a new system called G-Vectoring Control. That system is going to make driving a lot more fun and you will feel like a professional driver but you will not know why.
Basically, that system is going to control the torque accordingly to your steering wheel and throttle input. It will reduce the engine torque, transfer the vehicle weight and add more grip to the tires or wheels if it is needed. In that way it is going to be a lot easier for you, the driver, to control the vehicle in normal or extreme conditions. The influence of the G force is going to be lowered too. It will be a slight improvement, but Mazda thinks that it will be a bigger pleasure to drive with G-Vectoring Control on, than off.
2017 Mazda 3 Interior
The interior is now updated with a new steering wheel and beautiful metal details throughout the cabin including doors and the dashboard. Head up display will have a better contrast and it is going to be split into two parts, with better contrast, better colors and better resolution.
We were not able to get some new data about the sound isolation. We can only hope that we will not hear any road noise from below, anymore.
2017 Mazda 3 Engine Specs
For the Japanese market, Mazda is releasing Axela in 3 different engine options. The first one is 1.5 litres four cylinder petrol engine which will probably be used in 2017 Mazda 3, and it will go to the Australian market as such. The second is an upgraded 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine.
And the last but not the least relevant will be a 1.5-litre turbo diesel which will be a new thing for the Japanese.
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 180.3 in
Width: 70.7 in
Passenger volume: 96 cu ft
Cargo volume: 12 cu ft
Curb weight: 2883 lb
Top Speed: 130 mph
0-60: 7.5 sec
MPG: 29/41 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Blue Reflex Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Liquid Silver Metallic, Meteor Gray Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Soul Red Metallic, Titanium Flash Mica
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
2017 Mazda 3 Release Date
The completely new 2017 Mazda 3 will be released in Australia on August 1. Prices are not yet known, and we will update you as soon as possible.