A Japanese automaker, Mazda Motor Company, says it is updating its Mazda3 and Mazda6 with the company’s G-Vectoring Control as standard equipment for 2017, an online journal, Automotive News, has reported.
While Mazda 3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan) is a compact car, Mazda 6 (known as the Mazda Atenza in China and Japan) is a large family.
The GVC controls the engine drive torque to generate deceleration G forces when the driver begins turning the steering wheel, thereby shifting load to the front wheels. The system also increases front wheel-tyre grip.
Quoting the automaker, the report says the G-Vectoring Control will help to deliver smoother and more efficient vehicle behaviour.
It adds that the rest of the brand’s lineup will receive the feature later, giving an indication that it will soon become a standard facility in the Mazda vehicles.
It explains how the control works, saying, when a driver maintains a constant steering angle, the GVC immediately recovers engine drive torque, transferring load to the rear wheels to enhance vehicle stability.
“The series of load transfers draws out more grip from the front and rear tyres, enhancing vehicle responsiveness; and stability better aligned with the driver’s intentions,” it states.
Mazda also says the GVC will allow for better handling and greater stability on slippery surfaces, in addition to offering more comfortable ride.
It notes that the GVC, which is a software control system, does not increase the vehicle weight.
Mazda is said to be making other changes to the Mazda6 to give the midsize sedan a more premium feel for the 2017 model year.
Some of the features available on the Grand Touring models equipped with the premium package are Nappa leather seats, a steering wheel heater and rear-seat heaters.
The Grand Touring models are said to have received laminated front side windows, similar to what is available in the CX-9 Grand Touring and Signature crossovers.
A new grille, a new rear bumper, new wheels and a steering wheel introduced on the 2016 CX-9 are other features that will be found in the 2017 model of Mazda3 hatchback.
According to the automaker, dynamic dampers on the rear suspension trailing arms and suspension cross-member will help strengthen the ride quietness.
It says the 2017 model is three decibels quieter at 25mph over rough roads because of tighter body gaps and improved sound insulation.