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Mazda6, Mazda3 Improve Handling, Interiors for 2017

August 11, 2016

Photo of the 2017 Mazda6 courtesy of Mazda.
Photo of the 2017 Mazda6 courtesy of Mazda.

Mazda's Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedans will arrive with improved handling and more refined interiors in a mid-cycle update for the 2017 model year, according to the automaker.

As previously announced, Mazda is improving vehicle dynamics on both models by adding a technology known as G-Vectoring Control that shifts weight to the front of the car and cuts a minimal amount of torque to the engine to improve steering.

The 2017 Mazda6 will also improve sound insulation in the cabin with better door seals, tighter tolerance between panels and sound insulation materials added to the underbody, rear console, headliner and doors.

Other improvements include a newly available full-color Active Driving Display and a 4.6-inch, color TFT meter display in Grand Touring models. New driving-assist technology includes Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane-Keep Assist and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring. Entry Mazda6 Sport models now come equipped with Mazda Connect when equipped with a SkyActive-MT 6-speed manual transmission as well as the available SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic.

The Mazda6 will also receive available Nappa leather seating surfaces and a Premium Package that includes heated rear outboard seats, i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology and a bright metallic finish to switches and trim throughout the interior.

Upgrades to the 2017 Mazda3 include a redesigned leather-wrapped steering wheel with available heating, standard electronic parking brake, a deeper door pockets for increased storage.

The Mazda3 adds available Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring and Traffic Sign Recognition as well as a color Active Driving Display.

The sedans will arrive at dealer lots in September.

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