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New Mazda3 and Mazda6 scheduled to hit dealerships this September

Mazda revealed its revamped 3 sedan and hatchback last month in Japan, and have now released details on the U.S. versions of the  Mazda3 and Mazda6 for 2017. The new lineup will see some minor style changes, as well as some fresh new technology.

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The Mazda3 will receive a minor face lift with a new front fascia and grille. A lower logo and license plate bracket will play off the car’s low center of gravity. Adaptive LED headlights are new from the 2016 model. The 3 will also see chrome bezels on the fog lights and a new rear bumper on the hatchback. The 3’s 18 inch wheels have been refreshed, and 2 new paint colors have been added, Eternal Blue Mica and Machine Grey Metallic. Eternal Blue Mica replaces Blue Reflex Mica. The Mazda6 body will remain unchanged, only seeing the option for the new Machine Grey Metallic paint.

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Inside, both vehicles will see a host of tweaks, starting with a new steering wheel borrowed from the CX-9. The new steering wheel offers an easier button layout and enhanced comfort and ergonomics. The biggest upgrade however is the ability to heat the steering wheel.

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The 3 now has an electronic parking brake and enlarged door pockets. The door pockets are now three times larger than before. Big enough for a one liter bottle. The 3 and 6 will have available leather seating, with optional heated rear seating on the 6 only.

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Both vehicles will receive the upgraded full color Active Driving Display. Perks from the color display include a brighter output and yellow or red driver warning signals. Instrument panel lighting increases, and gauges include a new text style for enhanced clarity.

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Mazda has worked to reduce cabin noise on both vehicles. The 3 and 6 will both offer improved door seals, and increased insulation to the headliner, under body, rear console and doors. Mazda reports that the 3 measures 3 decibels quieter than previous models while travelling at 25 mph. The Mazda6 Grand Touring will receive an acoustically  insulated windshield.

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2017 will see new safety features for both models as well. Mazda adds a new Traffic Sign Recognition System, which can detect speed limit, no entry and stop signs. Also new, are lane keeping assist and blind spot monitoring. The existing collision avoidance auto braking system has replaced it’s laser with a camera. The camera provides better performance in a broader range of speeds, and pedestrian detection.

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Though Mazda has not confirmed the vehicles’ powertrain options, expect the 2.0 liter and 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engines to carry over on the 3, with the 6 seeing only the 2.5 liter inline.  Both cars will however, see Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control software. The G-Vectoring Control system uses steering input to control force on individual wheels. GVC improves handling during turns and reduces need for steering corrections. The new system improves overall ride comfort and performance.

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While pricing has not been released,  expect a similar starting point of $18,680 and $22,330 on the 3 and 6 respectively.

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