Next-Gen Mazda3 Could Premiere At LA Auto Show

The next-generation Mazda3 is expected to launch at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show and should premiere with a bold new look and vastly improved tech.

Auto Express reports that Mazda will look to push the hatchback up market so it can be considered a serious alternative to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3. As such, customers can expect to see vastly improved interior trimmings.

However, it won’t be the cabin where the real changes are present. Instead, the presence of Mazda’s all-new SkyActiv Vehicle Architecture will allow for a range of new powertrain technologies. Most significantly, the new Mazda3 will receive the brand’s SkyActiv-X petrol engine featuring Spark Controlled Compression Ignition.

This engine ignites the fuel-air mixture similar to a diesel engine and promises to combine the fuel efficiency of a diesel engine with all the benefits of a petrol. Aided by a supercharger, this engine should produce roughly 187 hp and 230 Nm of torque. Elsewhere, the hatch will be sold with a cheaper SkyActiv-G petrol and a SkyActiv-D diesel option.

Mazda will also ensure the new 3 looks far more impressive than the vehicle it replaces. The hatchback will receive design traits from the stunning KAI Concept.

“We have a recent history of not just producing concepts for concepts’ sake,” Mazda Europe design director Kevin Rice recently said. “So yes, manufacturing tolerances and techniques have been incorporated into this project since the very beginning.”

Note: Mazda KAI Concept pictured

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  • alexxx

    Just…wow…

  • willhaven

    There’s a 100% chance the production model will look nothing like the concept.

    • Nefiu Ci

      having no idea… but talking…typical

      • willhaven

        Don’t get your panties in a bunch. Exaggerated concept cars seldom convert to realistic production vehicles.

        • Nefiu Ci

          and again…having no idea …. but talking…typical diletant
          check the manufacturers, their concepts and models exactly , before you bullshitting your unknowledge kid

          • willhaven

            What should I check? How the concepts look nothing like production models? Why not educate us instead of making zero sense?

  • Moveon Libtards

    Concept.

    Production model will be watered down and not enough power, but still have tin-like body panels that dent easily like all Mazdas.

  • no25

    I’m hoping it’ll look almost identical to this concept!

  • Nexus7

    Like all Mazda new models, it’ll look much better and handle much better than the competition . It will also be comparatively under-powered. And people will buy generic Toyotas anyway before they consider Mazda. They also did not honor the rust warranty for me (at least until the late 2000s, Mazdas rusted like crazy); so I don’t trust Mazda.

    • LJ

      I have a 2006 Mazda 6 with nearly 200,000 miles on it and it indeed has rust on the rear wheel wells. To be fair, I live in Illinois with terrible winters, road salt and the car is 12 years old.

      • Nexus7

        Mine is an 05, 185k miles. Rust at the door bottoms, wheel wells, the rear suspension could not be aligned because the subframe attachment was rusted too much. Having just put in $$$ fixing the ac and new tires, flushed fluids, etc. I had to get it welded. No other brands rust this was this consistently.

        When I first pointed out rust in 2007, their rep said it had to rust through for them to honor it!!

        • Harrison Chien

          The reliability and quality of car models change every year and also by generations. The experience 10 years ago could be a different experience today.

      • alexxx

        200000 miles and 12y old… I mean…come on…

        • LJ

          I’m not saying it’s ridiculous that there’s rust on.

        • Nexus7

          It started rusting in 2 years!!! As stated.

      • DB

        That was from the days where they had ford as a big brother and were much more limited. Mazda is a different car/brand 12 years later. Look at what they have produced in the last 4/5 years and you’ll notice it is a totally different level of build quality and overall product.

    • willhaven

      The Protege5 rusts like a sweaty iron nail. Mazda vehicles do tend to depreciate faster than their counterparts and only recently has reliability been near the top of ratings. You almost can’t blame people for buying Toyota or Honda cars.

  • MarkoS

    It won’t be that far upmarket and really that is where the market is.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      There’s more than one market. Offer a decent competitor to the Honda Fit for a few thousand dollars less and I guarantee you’ll sell hundreds of thousands of units a year.

      • MarkoS

        Called the Mazda 2 and Toyota sales it as the Yaris IA. Mazda know what its doing.

        • Perry F. Bruns

          I’d agree, except that Mazda has stopped offering the Mazda2 hatchback US Market, and that both the sedan (rebadged as the Yaris iA) both give up lots of cargo and people room to the Fit.

          My point is, especially in the 2’s absence, moving the 3 upmarket is a foolish move for Mazda. They’re handing hundreds of thousands of sales to Honda, Toyota, and (gah!) Mitsubishi.

          • MarkoS

            I disagree, The market for econo-hatches is covered in the USA. Mazda is making its own niches. A smart choice for a company that size.

          • Harrison Chien

            Honda Civic was the bestseller car last year. It isn’t cheaper than both Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla but still sold way better!

            What I trying to say is that, a great product will sell well even it’s more expensive. We are talking about the “economy” class not premium.

          • MarkoS

            The subject originated around the next Mazda 3 moving upmarket.

  • Bullitt2605

    From the cover photo I thought it had a really long nose and short back end, but it’s balanced and looks very interesting. Note to car designers never make the front overhang longer than the back… ever.

  • klowik

    I expect the front facia will be similar to CX-5 and the new Mazda 6 with folded flap rather than a fake air intake holes on both sides.

  • So looking forward to this car

  • Brabusbus

    Only Mazda, non premium Japanese products that have design, quality and fun to drive like a car with a premium price. So if, they want to upmarket seems legitimate, it also seems not going far.

  • Silimarina

    Hope not, those door handles on model S are a gimmick

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