The 2017 Mazda3 is to go on sale from October 1, in both hatchback and fastback guises.
The 3 has undergone significant revisions, promising to further the appeal of the C segment model, of which global production passed the five million mark at the end of April this year.
Subtle exterior changes and an updated cabin feature across both the hatchback and Fastback ranges.
Eight paint options are offered on the exterior of the new Mazda3, which features a revised grille, door mirrors with wraparound turn indicators and a new front fog light bezel. Hatchback versions also receive a redesigned rear bumper.
The car will be available in three spec levels – SE, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav. The two former trims will feature 16-inch alloy wheels, while the latter will benefit from newly designed high-sheen 18-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, an electronic parking brake has been introduced, while higher-quality switch panels feature alongside a newly designed dashboard and leather steering wheel.
Mazda’s Skyactiv-vehicle Dynamics technology makes its debut on the Mazda3 in the form of the G-Vectoring Control, which works to optimise wheel load by varying engine torque. As a result, handling on the car is more precise and comfort improved.
The car will retain its award-winning range of Skyactiv engines, which include a petrol line-up of 120ps and 165ps versions of the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G.
?Meanwhile, the two diesel offerings of the 105ps 1.5-litre and 150ps 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D now feature Transient Control, which ensures a more positive throttle response by reducing turbo lag and boosting torque.
Mazda’s natural sound smoother technology will also feature in the diesel powerplants, promising to reduce noise during starting and low-speed acceleration.
Prices for the 2017 Mazda3 will range from £17,595 to £24,195.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.