The Mazda3 has been updated with the launch of the 2017 model.
Highlights across the hatchback and fastback range include exterior changes and an updated cabin.
Plus, with the introduction of G-Vectoring Control (GVC), the debut of Mazda’s Skyactiv-vehicle dynamics technology.
Externally, the 2017 Mazda3 is marked out by a revised grille with a “stronger three-dimensional look” and a new front fog light bezel.
Across both body styles, revised door mirrors feature wraparound turn indicators, while hatchback versions have a redesigned rear bumper.
The 2017 Mazda3 is available in eight colours including Mazda’s new ‘machine grey mica’, which having featured on the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF at the 2016 New York Motor Show, makes its production debut on the Mazda3.
The second all-new colour is ‘eternal blue mica’, while ‘sonic silver’ metallic is offered for the first time on the Mazda3.
SE and SE-L Nav trim cars feature 16-inch alloy wheels, while Sport Nav models have a new design of high-sheen finish 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the 2017 Mazda3’s cabin has higher-quality switch panels and handle bezels on the doors, plus a newly designed trim insert on the dashboard.
The adoption of an electric parking brake creates space for a more practical centre console, while another highlight is a new leather steering wheel design, and if combined with leather seats is heated.
On sale from the October 1, the 2017 Mazda3 is offered with a choice of 105ps 1.5-litre or 150ps 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engines, alongside a petrol line-up that includes 120ps and 165ps versions of the 2.0-litre engine.
Having added the sub 100g/km 1.5-litre engine to the Mazda3 last year, both this and the well-established 2.2-litre engine now feature transient control, which ensures a more positive throttle response by reducing turbo lag and boosting torque to deliver a petrol-like engine feel.
Mazda’s natural sound smoother (NSS) technology reduces knock noise during starting and low-speed acceleration on diesel engines.
Added noise suppression material has been added in the roof, doors, dashboard and transmission tunnel area.
Optimised door seals and additional vibration damping materials between the rear crossmembers further improve cabin comfort.
In addition, revisions to theMacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension have focused on delivering improved ride comfort and reducing vibration.
The 2017 Mazda3 also features GVC. It varies engine torque to optimize wheel load to indiscernibly provide more precise handling and improved comfort.
Other technology highlights include the adaption of a full-colour display on the enhanced head–up display system, while for the first time the Mazda3 is offered with adaptive LED headlights.
The new car is priced from £17,595 to £24,195.