The Mazda3 for 2017 comes in a form of compact sedan and hatchback. It is manufactured by the Japanese automaker Mazda and first time it was launched in 2003 in replacement of Mazda Familia. The 2010 2nd generation model featured the first use of SkyActiv technology; since then, it has been used in all generations of Mazda 3 including the upcoming 2017 which is 4th generation model.
Mazda 3 2017 – Design Specifications:
The hatchback and sedan versions will feature many improvements over its predecessor, making the car appear more modern and aggressive. The front end carries horizontal bar grille between stretched masculine LED headlights with the chrome dipped company logo placed in the middle of the grille. The front end also carries fog lights on the front bumpers, straight body lines stretching from front to rear fenders, symmetrical dual opening front hood scopes, LED tail lights, dual exhausts and a rear elevated spoiler. The front and rear bumpers also have been updated; great rear roof and bigger 18 inch wheels also feature on this car.
The interiors of Mazda 3 2017 have been revamped as well. The car furniture is covered with premium quality materials to provide a smooth and comfortable riding experience. The hatchback is available in 5 seat orientation with additional passenger comforts like seat heating, air conditioning, upgraded footrests, etc.
Infotainment kit of new 2017 Mazda 3:
Rotary center console controller paired with an in-dash 7 inch touch screen. The screen sits on the dash instead of being integrated in it like previous models.
The controller toggles forward, back, left, and right, and rotates clockwise and counter clockwise to access menu items. Pushing down on controller selects an item in a menu, which can also be accomplished in most cases by tapping an icon on touch screen interface. The controller front contains buttons for audio and navigation, along with a separate Home button. A Back button sits on the driver’s side, and passenger’s side holds a Favorites button and a volume knob. Three apps are available in Mazda Connect: Aha Radio, Pandora and Stitcher, all for streaming music and other audio contents. A connected smart phone is required and the system requires a local search app for navigation.
The Mazda 3 2017 also provides AM/FM HD radio, CD, satellite radio, iPod/USB auxiliary input and Bluetooth for additional audio sources. All standard features like address log, call log and voice dialing are available. Text messaging with compatible phones is also supported.
Mazda Connect fares less than average in its navigation system. Less common features like speed camera locations, posted speed limit, etc. are present, but the lack of connected search option creates a hindrance. One advantage, however, is that Mazda Connect System offers good control alternative that doesn’t generally require center console controller.
Mazda Mazda3 2017 Active Safety Technology focuses on three key areas:
- Safety and comfort
- Adaptive front lighting system
- High beam control system
- Hill start assist
- Mazda radar cruise control
- Hazard perception
- Rear vehicle monitoring
- Lane departure warning system
- Emergency signal system
- Forward obstruction warning
- Hazard avoidance
- Brake assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution
- SkyActiv Technology
- 4 wheel anti-lock braking system.
A series of Technologies developed by Mazda 3 2017 aimed at increase in engine output and fuel efficiency. This features new chassis, body, transmission and engines and has been used as standard in all Mazda cars since 2011.
The new SkyActiv 2nd generation engine uses homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) to provide a compression ratio of 18:1. A series of engines and transmission kits have been developed and produced including the SkyActiv Hybrid and SkyActiv CNG.
Mazda 3 2017 – Engine Offerings:
The new model Mazda 3 2017 engine will be powered with 2.5 liter four cylinder 2.5 liter SkyActiv gasoline Turbocharged unit with a maximum of 184 horsepower. This same unit will probably be used in Mazda 6 sports sedan.
The 2.5 liter SkyActiv engine will be coupled with a 6 speed manual transmission and 4 wheel drive configuration.
The light weight frame of SkyActiv Technology is expected to reduce the fuel economy by a significant bit. However, no confirmed official reports have been generated yet on the fuel economy.
Mazda 3 2017 – Competitors, Price and Availability:
The Ford Fiesta RS, Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf R are its competitors. No news about the price and release dates of the Mazda 3 2017 has been released yet.