The facelifted Mazda3 was already out in the field in Japan, but now the company has also decided to share details about the updated Mazda3 and Mazda6 in US specification.
Taking the smaller model first, the Mazda3 comes with design tweaks that include a new front end grille styling that look to better impose the design cues. The Mazda logo and license-plate bracket have been positioned lower than before and we also noticed the new LED headlights and chrome bezels for the foglights. There’s also a new rear bumper that has a “composed sense of stability and high quality,” but that’s all for the rear changes, actually. Mazda3 also comes with a new design for the optional 18-inch alloys as well as two fresh paints: Eternal Blue Mica in place of the Blue Reflex Mica and the high-quality, premium Machine Gray Metallic has come down from the CX-9 crossover. Inside, the 3 and 6 both share a new steering wheel also grabbed from the CX-9. Both models also have the Active Driving Display head-up display, which is now colored.
Mechanical updates to the 2017 Mazda3 and Mazda6 include the introduction of the G-Vectoring Control, new engine-management software, a redesign of the dampers, while there’s also a modified electric power steering. Both cars have improved door seals and other insulation for better NVH levels and also smaller wind noise. There’s also a new and better camera for the pre-collision braking system as well as a new Traffic Sign Recognition camera that recognizes more signs.