Mazda seeks to make the driving experience more pleasurable. How does it do this? Mazda calls it Jinba Ittai, the connection when the vehicle feels like a natural extension of body. The 2017 Mazda3 takes this driver-centric approach even further with its new G-Vectoring Control technology.
All new for 2017, G-Vectoring Control is the first technology implemented into the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS suite of innovative technologies, bringing the car-and-driver experience to another level of performance. This reflects Mazda’s approach to continuously refine its vehicles. G-Vectoring Control uses the engine in conjunction with the steering, throttle inputs and suspension responses, to provide a more refined driving experience for both driver and passengers.
“Conceptually, it’s really simple. Every time you make a steering wheel input it reduces the engine torque a ridiculously small amount,” said Dave Coleman, development engineer at Mazda. “Enough to shift a little bit of extra load on the front tires and that extra weight on the front tires sharpens the response, gives better steering feedback and a more natural cornering posture.”
Drivers will find they’ll be making less subtle adjustments to the steering wheel while driving down the highway or streets. This can result in a more energetic and refreshed feeling even after longer drives. Drivers will be more confident navigating on a curvy road to get to that mountain resort or spot overlooking a breathtaking view of the beach. G-Vectoring Control makes handling such a road easier than ever.
Passengers also benefit from the new technology. Occupants experience less sway during tight turns and rapid lane changes, which means fewer aches and fatigue during a trip. Even young passengers like a baby in their car seat will be less likely awoken due to the smooth ride. Finally, there’s a greater sense of security since the car can feel more planted on the road, especially during adverse weather conditions like heavy rain and snow.
Mazda vehicles are driver’s cars designed by drivers, and it shows. Technologies like the new G-Vectoring Control keep the car responding to the driver’s desires just as intended. It’s not surprising, with such a fundamental role, that G-Vectoring Control comes standard on all 2017 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback models.