We are expecting the 2017 Mazda 3 to come as a mid-life refreshed model that will bring changes in all segments making it even more interesting option on the market. For Mazda to continue great sale results of their Mazda 3 compact, it is important to offer something new and upgraded. Is the new version good enough? Read on and find out.
The Mazda 3 is the best-selling compact in the US by far and one of the better selling cars in its class in Europe and Asia. However, because it had been released back in 2013, the model is starting to lose some of its potential customers, so a new one is going to be launched with the 2017 Mazda 3. Instead of being an entirely new model, this will definitely be the mid-life facelift many people were expecting and from the looks of it, the new version might be out by the end of this year. Unfortunately, though, Mazda did not release any actual information about the car, but a Mazda insider did say that this model will be the one that will finally bring the Mazdaspeed name back on the market.
2017 Mazda 3 Release Date
Besides the new high-performance version, the Mazda 3 is likely going to receive very subtle exterior upgrades, a more exquisite interior than before as well as some changes to its engines. Other than that, most of the car should remain nearly identical to the ongoing model with the only notable difference between the price which is expected to drop by around $500 for a base model and increase to around $29,000 for a base level Mazdaspeed car.
Let’s start our preview of the 2017 Mazda 3 with the car’s exterior which will be the one that will make or break the deal. While the current model is one of the better-looking cars out there, it does have somewhat unusual proportions, especially on the base level models which come equipped with really small rims. The new 2017 version will likely bring new wheels; that will stick slightly further out, basically completing the design. On top of that, the headlights are expected to be brought out to create a 3D effect while the bumper will receive a small lip for better aerodynamics and more appealing looks even on the base level cars. The sedan, on the other hand, will benefit from the same changes but this time around, it will also get a new rear bumper and side panels that will better fit the new wheels.
Inside the cabin, the Mazda 3 should receive more equipment and safety options than before as well as a redesigned center stack which is a bit hard to use on the current model. This time around the center stack is likely going to be aimed towards the driver and on top of that it will be easier to use. Also, the car’s current LCD screen seems to be an afterthought meaning that it needs upgrades. As a result, it could be somehow integrated into the dashboard.
Engine wise, the 2017 Mazda 3 should come equipped with the same four engines as the current model while the sporty model will get an entirely new offering. In Europe, the car will come with a base 1.5-liter naturally aspirated inline 4 with 118 horsepower while as an option, a 2.0-liter 155 horsepower engine or a 2.2 liter turbocharged diesel with 150 horsepower are going to be available. The US market, on the other hand, will get the 2.0-liter petrol engine as well as an extra 2.5 liter naturally aspirated unit offering 184 horsepower. A manual will only be available on the base model in the US while a six-speed automatic will be an option for Europe and a standard feature for the larger engine on the US market.
The Mazdaspeed model, on the other hand, is expected to come equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, an all-wheel drive which is unavailable on the base Mazda 3 as well as a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline four mill that will most likely be capable of well over 270 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. With this setup, it is clear that Mazda is aiming to beat Golf GTI, Focus ST, WRX and other hot compacts in the segment.