Mazda has released an updated variant of its Mazda3 that will go on sale in Japan (where it’s called the Axela), and later this year in the US. The compact vehicle benefits from Mazda‘s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) that provides integrated control of the vehicle’s engine, chassis, transmission, and body. The Mazda3 is the first Mazda product to use G-Vectoring Control, which can reduce engine torque in a turn to improve steering response and reduce needed corrections
GVC is the first feature in a series of new Skyactiv Vehicle Dynamics technologies. Mazda is developing them to provide drivers with greater feel and a more enjoyable experience. “Mazda is striving to become an irreplaceable presence in the lives of our customers, to create a special bond with them and to be a ‘one-and-only’ brand they will chose again and again,” Mazda’s CEO Masamichi Kogai said in a statement.
Other than the new technology features, the 2017 Mazda3 sees changes, most of which will carry over to the U.S. models which include a reworked front end with LED headlights and a revised interior. The updated innards appear to include an all-new steering wheel design, a tambour-style cover for the center-console-mounted cupholders (as seen in the 6), and some minor trim changes.
While the Mazda3’s improved looks inside and out are appreciated, the compact car’s most noteworthy changes are technology-related. The available head-up display is now full-color, as in the Mazda CX-9, while the 3’s optional automatic braking system now uses a camera in place of a laser. Due to this, the system is now able to work at a greater speed range and detect pedestrians.
The Mazda lineup is centered on Jinba Ittai – a term the automaker uses to signify oneness between car and driver – that started with the launch of the Mazda CX-5.