Refreshed 2017 Mazda3 details leaked
Following the alleged leak of a brochure imaging showing the refreshed Mazda3, documents have emerged revealing the full extent of key changes to the mid-life update.
THE RECENT image of a Mazda Alexa (the name of the Mazda in Japan) supplied to and published on Carscoops which was lifted, allegedly, from a Mazda sales brochure in Japan has the internet on fire with speculation. No details followed the release of the leaked image, but Practical Motoring has seen a document outlining the key changes to the refreshed Mazda3 which is, according to said document, now available for “forward order”.
This forward order relates to countries taking the Mazda3 and not dealerships opening their books. Australian motoring site, Car Showroom, first published details of this document and contacted Mazda Australia for comment, but the Japanese car maker declined to comment.
So, the internal memo says: “The Mazda3 is a mid-lifecycle facelift, concentrating on new exterior and interior design changes, as well as improvements to driving dynamics (ride and handling) and vehicle NVH. There’s also an attention to safety, once again offering select safety technologies across the line-up”.
Key changes, according to this memo (and it says there will be other changes):
- New 18-inch alloy wheel design;
- LED headlights to replace bi-xenon;
- Power folding exterior mirrors;
- Addition of electric parking brake on select models;
- Removal of CD Player.
Whether these other changes include an update to the safety features across the board remains to be seen. But the recent-ish Mazda update which saw the addition of standard safety features that had previously been cost-options could also find their way onto the Mazda3. This is a relatively safe bet given the recent release of the new Honda Civic which offers a larger, standard safety suite than equivalent Mazda3 models.
While Mazda hasn’t commented on these details, the internal memo stated that forward orders were now available meaning that it can’t be too long before we see official images and information about the refreshed Mazda3. Indeed, with the new Mazda CX-5 due for reveal in November, there’s a good chance the Mazda3 could go on show at the Paris Motor Show in September. Regardless, there’s a good chance we’ll see it on the market before the end of this year.