The most expensive version money can buy will cost £24,195.
The revised Mazda3 has arrived in United Kingdom in both hatchback and sedan guises with just about the same array of revisions as the U.S. versions introduced about a month ago. The company’s gorgeous KODO design language has received some subtle tweaks to keep the model fresh and competitive in the challenging compact segment.
Buyers get to pick from a total eight colors, including the new Machine Grey Mica which made its debut earlier this year on the lovely MX-5 RF. In addition, the Mazda3 models in U.K. specification are going to be available with a new shade called Eternal Blue Mica, along with the Sonic Silver Metallic joining the model’s color palette for the first time.
But there’s more to the cars than just new body paints and minor styling revisions, as the interior has been upgraded as well with switch panels of a higher quality and handle bezels on the doors. In addition, both body styles have received a new trim insert on the dashboard and an electric parking brake which frees up more space on the center console. The 2017 model year also welcomes a new leather-wrapped steering wheel that can be complemented by the optional heated seats covered in leather.
Under the hood, Mazda has added its proprietary Transient Control system to the 1.5- and 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D diesels which are now providing a livelier throttle response thanks to the diminished turbo lag. The diesels (which have 105 hp & 150 hp) are also quieter than before as a result of implementing the “Natural Sound Smoother” (NSS) system which has reduced knock noise during ignition and also while performing low-speed accelerations. Should you want to get a gasoline engine, the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G will be available in 120 hp & 165 hp flavors.
Elsewhere, there’s new sound-deadening material in the dashboard, roof, doors, and transmission tunnel, along with improved door seals and extra vibration-damping material. Mazda’s engineers have also made some changes to the MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension to boost ride quality and reduce vibrations, all for the sake of making the “3” more comfortable than before.
The model year change also adds adaptive LED headlights, an upgraded head-up full-color display, and G-Vectoring Control (GVC) which automatically varies engine torque in order to optimize wheel load which in return improves handling and comfort.
Mazda U.K. will kick off sales of the revised model from October 1st and will ask £17,595 for the entry-level version whereas the top-spec Mazda3 is going to cost £24,195.