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2017 Mazda3 facelift leaked via brochure

July 13, 2016

Leaked brochure shots of the 2017 Mazda3 facelift have hit the web, showing the popular run-around before it arrives on the market later this year.

2017 Mazda3 sport-brochure

The Mazda3, which is still one of the strongest entrants in the small car segment (marginally behind only Corolla and i30 in Australia), is coming in for its mid-cycle nip/tuck, where it will adopt styling features seen on the new CX-9.

There is a new headlight assembly, with different light clusters and LEDs. The grille adopts a larger, more trapezoidal shape with chrome highlights that coalesce into the headlights.

The lower intakes are now a rhomboid shape with rounded edges, as well as chrome highlights on the lower chin. The result is arguably a more mature, masculine appearance with subtle details. The rear end ostensibly stays the same, but for some subtle lower bumper and reflector light revisions.

2017 Mazda3-brochure scan

One of the biggest changes is set to be the introduction of Mazda’s new ‘G-Vectoring’ technology. The system cuts torque at a precise times during cornering for increased smoothness and comfort. It is set to be the first model to do so in Mazda’s range.

There is also a chance it could receive the CX-9’s 2.5-litre turbo at some stage in the product cycle, but this is just conjecture as MPS models have been talked down in the past. A detuned version of the 170kW unit could be used for the SP25.

The car is slated for a launch later this month, with an Australian on-sale date before the end of the year.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.