Okay, so here’s another case of a great car managing to miss the limelight at the Philippine International Motor Show. At the Mazda pavilion, all eyes are focused solely on the all-new CX-3; and rightfully so, it’s stylish, it’s got all-wheel drive, and it’s a crossover—a hot segment in the market today. But just behind the CX-3 is the 2017 Mazda3.
We’ve extensively covered the 2017 Mazda3 before as well as its key feature, the G-Vectoring Control system. But now, we have specs, variants, and pricing of Mazda’s award-winning compact sedan.
If you don’t have the time to go through the specs below (shame on you), in gist, the Mazda3 gets G-Vectoring Control across the line-up. It keeps the same number of variants: 2 sedans and 3 hatchbacks. The same two engines are available: the 1.5-liter Skyactiv with 112 horsepower and 144 Nm of torque and the 2.0-liter Skyactiv with 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The sole transmission on all models is a 6-speed automatic, but now with paddle shifters. All come with a Sport mode while the 2.0-liters come with cruise control.
Outside, all models benefit from LED front fog lamps, but only the 2.0-liter models get the new adaptive LED headlights with daytime running lights. The 1.5s continue to roll on 16-inch tires, while the 2.0s run on 18-inchers. The 2.0-liter model also gets racy red brake calipers. Finally, the Speed version is the only one to get the standard body kit that comprised of a front, side, and rear body skirts. Soul Red is an optional color on all, but the base 1.5 V 4DR. And no, Machine Gray Metallic is not an available color.
Inside, all variants continue to use the Mazda Connect infotainment system with the 7-inch TFT display and commander control rotary dial, but have been upgraded to include a rear parking camera. The 2.0-liter then ups the luxury with leather seats, heads-up display, a sunroof, and an electric parking brake. The Speed builds up on that with the 9-speaker Bose sound system and a powered driver seat.
Apart from G-Vectoring Control, all Mazda3 get dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes, and dynamic stability control. The Speed is the only model to get an additional 4 airbags (total 6), front clearance sensors, and blind spot detection.
The most awaited bit, the pricing:
- 2017 Mazda3 1.5 V 4DR – P 998,000
- 2017 Mazda3 1.5 V 5DR – P 1,018,000
- 2017 Mazda3 2.0 R 4DR – P 1,248,000
- 2017 Mazda3 2.0 R 5DR – P 1,268,000
- 2017 Mazda3 2.0 Speed 5DR – P 1,398,000