2019 Mazda3: Here’s An Early Look At The Production Model Through Official Drawings

Last year, Mazda offered us an exaggerated preview of their next-generation 3 compact model with the Kai Concept in Tokyo, but now, we can give you a first look, or, to be exact, an outline of the production version.

We can confirm that these are official drawings of the 2019 Mazda3 – keep in mind that at this time, we don’t know if it will be sold as a 2019MY or 2020MY in the U.S.A. and Canada. Back to the images, they outline the front- and rear-end three-quarters of the sedan together with the interior.

While the Kai concept previewed the five-door hatchback, comparing the two, we get a rough idea on how its lines will translate on the production model(s) in a more digestible for the masses manner.

Read: Mazda Kai Concept Wants To Get Our Hopes Up For New Mazda3

It’s an evolution of Mazda’s Kodo design language that we’ve seen manifesting on the latest CX-5 and CX-9 crossovers with smoother sides that do away with the current car’s creases and pinched panels. Other exterior elements found on the drawings of the 2019 Mazda3 are the angrier-looking and slimmer lights on both ends of the car, along with a wider, U-shaped grille that cuts into the headlamps.

The design familiarities between the study and production car continue inside with a simple and clean layout. As with the concept, the instrument panel is encompassed by oval air vents that in some ways, remind us of a (modern) interpretation of the Honda S2000’s upper dash. However, unlike the study that incorporated a massive digital screen spanning from the passenger side to the upper corner of the instrument cowl, the production Mazda3 reverts back to the fixed (?) tablet-style screen.

What else do we have on the new Mazda3?

That’s all we can deduct from these drawings, but from prior announcements and reports, we know that the new “3” will employ Mazda’s latest Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture. The platform is said to be stronger while providing a much better ride quality.

New Skyactiv-X gasoline engine promises diesel economy

But the big news for the fourth-generation “3” is the debut of Mazda’s new SkyActiv-X gasoline engine featuring Spark Controlled Compression Ignition. This innovative four-cylinder unit combines characteristics of diesel and regular gasoline engines, using spark plug ignition to “control compression ignition”. In short, it ignites the fuel-air mixture similar to a diesel engine promising to combine the fuel efficiency of the former with all the benefits of a gasoline unit, without the emissions penalty.

Mazda forecasts an output of around 190 horsepower with 170 lb-ft (230Nm) of peak torque from the 2.0-liter version. That puts it well above today’s 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G that delivers 155hp and 150 lb-ft (203Nm) and on par with the bigger 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G with 184hp and 185 lb-ft (250Nm). The difference here is that Mazda is targeting at least a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy and up to 25 percent less carbon dioxide emissions over the current Skyactive G engines.

The competition

The Mazda3 will drop in one of the most competitive segments in the world, with rivals including – depending on the market – the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Opel / Vauxhall Astra, Renault Megane, Peugeot 308, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Golf and Jetta sedan.

When will we see it?

The new “3” in both hatchback and sedan body styles is slated to go on sale globally in the first half of 2019, but we’ll likely have our first official look at the compact model(s) at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of November.

A big thanks to Nabe for the tip!

  • NoMan2015

    Hoping these low quality sketches are just that: low quality in comparison to the real thing. Otherwise that interior looks like a step back from the current generation.

    • Mike anonymous

      This seems more like a facelift than an actual update or introduction of a new vehicle. The body looks essentially the same while the only things to change are the face, the tail lights, and (from what we can see only) some parts of the interior.

      I personally was (and still am) expecting a little bit more from this Brand. They’ve been on the climb upward, don’t slow down, stop, or fail me now.

      • NOHoldsBar

        Hmm. Mazda hasn’t been on a climb, if anything, they’re losing a ground to Toyota, Ford and Honda. Mazda’s either reduced or removed many of their buyer incentives especially to current or previous Mazda customers.

        • Mike anonymous

          Mazda’s focus hasn’t been Toyota, Ford, and/or Honda for the last few years now. (I’m sure you’ve been following the company as much as any of the rest of us, but) Mazda’s focus an sights have been focus on moving the brand up-market (not on brand such as Toyota, Ford, or Honda (hence why they’re “loosing ground”)). It’s in that area that they have been succeeding (and as I said “been on a climb”, especially as of the last 2-3 years).

          As of now they are just approaching the middle ground of their plans process, with the updated Mazda 6 (amongst a few other vehicles). As I stated previously, that is why I think this is a heavy facelift (like the most recent update to the Mazda 6) opposed to the full “next generation” Mazda 3.

          it’s why I am excited for what they have to offer. Because this is a brand with a lot of drive, and a great amount of ambition. It’s why I was and am expecting more, and why I can’t wait to see (in final form) what it is they do next.

          • NeoZeon

            The latest Mazda 6 already incorporated some design elements from the Vision Coupe. Also if you look at Mazda’s product life cycle, the current 3rd gen Mazda 6 was introduced back in 2012 and went on sales in 2013 as a 2014 model, while the current 3rd gen Mazda 3 was introduced back in 2013 and went on sales in 2014 as a 2014 model. If anything , there should a new generation of 6 first even though the 3 is better seller.

        • NeoZeon

          Mazda had never lost ground to Toyota, Ford and Honda. Mazda was never even in their ground at all. In 2016, Toyota produced 10,213,486 vehicle worldwide, Honda 4,999,266, and Ford 6,429,485. Mazda? Merely 1,586,013. Mazda had never been among the top 15 car maker in the world. So the comparison is not even valid.

      • William

        It seems like they’re embracing the slow evolution of the Kodo design, even when doing thorough overhauls. I imagine part of it is that they’re a smaller company, and they can’t afford to keep reinventing their design language like some of the bigger companies, but also that it’s typically pretty well-received.

        • Mike anonymous

          Absolutely. I think people forget that Mazda is a small automaker in comparison to some of these other automotive giants.

          I am not sure if many people actually know (although I am sure most people here do,) that many of these automakers are owned by bigger corporations, and that these corporations are owned/managed by even bigger automakers. Mazda on the other hand is not one of those automakers.

          Their entire company is very small (in comparison to others), they know who their customers are, they know what their customers want, and they listen. I personally think Mazda is a much more “focused” company. While then being smaller does have it’s drawbacks, I also believe it does have it’s advantages.

  • Nihar

    Too flat like the current gen. Hope it looks more like the concept.

  • PK

    the front looks like hyundai.

    • ThatGuy

      Nah its and evolution of the previous gen, which hyundai copied more with the tucson and i30.
      Hyundai seem to have copied the grill with some Audi accents.

      • PK

        meh give or take.

        • ThatGuy

          For sure, but i guess if you look broadly most car companies are generic with some being very unique. I guess it will always come down to preference.

          • PK

            i guess.

  • MadFerret9

    will it have crap visibility like the current-gen models tho?

  • erly5

    These sketches don’t look promising. Yet another concept fails miserably to translate to the production model. What’s new?

  • TheBelltower

    The concept has sexy slim, flush door handles. The sketches of the production car show big stupid, horsey looking door handles. Are we still in 2005? Why are automakers still doing this? Get rid of the visual boogers.

    • NOHoldsBar

      Ha! That’s exactly what I thought when I looked at the sketches.

  • designer_dick

    The sketch makes the interior look like something straight out of the mid-’90s (complete with ugly, visible cover for the passenger airbag) that’s had a touchscreen hastily strapped to it.

  • Jason Miller

    Over promise, under deliver.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    I like it!

    Expecting the Hatch’s design to be toned-down from the Kai Concept (the concept car lines at that)

    • NOHoldsBar

      It’s alright. Some people like the new i Phone wallpapers too,

  • boy i hope it’s a smash, this ain’t promising so far, then again ..

  • DMax

    Nice! Front looks very close to concept and I love that instrument cluster/vents combo a-la S2000. Looks like Mazda is on track to smash compact segment once again. Now here’s hoping for the Speed3.

    • Matt

      You can predict this will ‘smash’ the segment based on some low quality line drawings? What colour is your Mazda?

      • DMax

        Yes, based on Mazda’s past success with 3, and current offers in the segment, where the current 3 is still a top choice maybe only second to Civic or Golf, there’s no reason not to think it won’t smash.

  • Víctor

    Why are not taken into consideration the gaps of the front bonnet when the concepts are designed? Then the real car gets those ugly gaps that kill the fluidity of the main lines.

    • Matt

      Because it’s a concept… the whole point is that they don’t have to conform to production constraints.

  • charlotteharry57

    The only really positive thing I can say is that at least the infotainment “tablet” doesn’t force all the air vents to chest height (or below). That rear end sketch reminds me of a 3 from 20 years ago. Not much they can do with the front end, since it’s Mazda’s signature, for better or worse.

  • MarkoS

    Looks like the present model to me, if this is the next generation 3, Mazda should not have bothered.

    • Craiggger

      You are right hence the evolution of kodo design. Check out the first gen and second gen. evolution.

  • Larry Qualls

    Mazda, don’t start this shit……this is essentially the current car with a few tweaks! You said that you want to move upmarket. Well produce the concept and you’ll rule the world! I’m hoping that these are just poor illustrations. I need those doors to be sculpted and to have that reflection just like the damn concept….and those flared fenders…
    SMH

  • MorrisGray

    Nice to hear that there will be an increase in HP up to 190 for the 2.0L motor but what about the 2.5L motor? And please keep this car available with a manual transmission in all trims. I like the concept drawings a lot and hope the final result will be the same.

  • mrpentastic

    Like most of you guys, I too am bummed by these line drawings. Was eagerly waiting for the next gen Mazda 3 (Hatchback). The line drawings to me look like the new 3 is adopting the pre-facelift Mazda 6 bumper with the post-facelift Mazda 6 grill. And so, I did a photoshop rendering of just that, with some minor changes that reference some of the body panel lines I saw on the line drawing. Let me know if you guys think this is what the 3 will look like. I’m personally hoping it won’t and instead look closer to their Kai concept. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3505e37172d4e7efdcb8570033e6b619bf9ea9adece8cefee5344a7e2df47574.jpg

  • Nordschleife

    To even even the Kai isn’t that much different from the current 3. I do agree that based on these outlines we’ve seemed to take a step back but I am sure the Mazda in the flesh will be more desirable. Low quality sketches won’t make any production car look good.

    Oan I didn’t realize how sexy the dash was in the KAi it seemed like I never saw it with a door open. Didn’t think it had an interior.

    • Finkployd

      Man the Kai is gorgeous inside and out

  • theaverageamerican24

    No….horrible ugly model… Bought the 2018….this car has outstanding view of front ….sporty style from the sides and front…great luxury details inside to hold sunglasses and protect sun intersection on your face . Will wait to see a more luxury approach of Mazda…so far you were doing good but this a great step backwards since Americans like comfort …great quality and style. Otherwise will switch to Lexus for the luxury style of cars something that you were accomplishing with the current models.

  • Javier

    Come on, tell me these are outdated drawings or drafts from the design stage. It is literaly the current 3 with just sharper front lights borrowed from the CX-5. I wanted to buy this car next year to have KAI-like-sexy-as-hell production car.

    • Craiggger

      You are missing the details. Updated skyactiv chassis and motor. The motor will be lighter than the current 2.5l, going to 2.0l all while having more power and tq.

  • getoffme

    Can you say BORING? Nothing is really going for it.

  • I’m sorry About that!

    Im a big fan of the kai concept ..i will be buying if it looks like this… these drawings however dont show much promise though… Iam thinking the production model will look 95% like the concept and the drawings are there to throw us off with a surprise on the launch!!

    • Giziclown

      90% percent, but that would be enough.

  • ThatGuy

    I wonder how the HCCI engine is going to perform. These are real cool cars and mazda’s are looking more aggressive and hardcore. I guess they can steal Honda civic customers and it looks more mature, however like the civic it looks to target the younger crowd. One thing these vehicles are getting so expensive the younger crowd are seemly rather going cost effective

  • no25

    lmao “aside from the front, the rear & the interior.” so basically everything?

    • Mike anonymous

      Sorry, I would like to apologize if I was not clear in what I mean. I decided to create a diagram below to help you better see what I mean, and to better understating the sections of the vehicle I was mentioning.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6378f42b6d188f4ff35084ae82bcb5aa41b11449b17093a994991c433091831.png

      All though I only stated “the front, the rear, and (to what degree the interior will receive change I do not know, therefor only mentioning) the interior as a whole,. We can not forget the “main body” of the vehicle, without it,.. well it would not be a car. I am not sure if you were attempting to make some joke/remark, or if you were actually being serious about it being “basically everything”, so I decided to make the picture above to help you understand what I mean and what (I guess, and do apologize for what I) failed to represent with only my words. I personally believed many here follow the automotive industry with a relatively close eye (especially on Mazda), and had understood what I meant by a “heavy facelift” as they have

      As I was saying I do believe this is a “heavy” update to the vehicle that will involve a great amount of change to the front of the vehicle, the rear of the vehicle, & the interior (dashboard and seats), and I personally do not believe this is a “full redesign”.

      If you take a look at the latest Mazda 6 and the 2015 Mazda 6, you (as well as all other who many not currently) understand) may better understand what a “heavy facelift” is. Mazda has been applying this same “heavy facelift” to all of their vehicles as of late, beginning with (already) 2 of their SUV’s, with the Mazda 6, and now with the current generation Mazda 3.

      I am looking forward to this vehicle, but I am not sure if it will be the full next generation Mazda 3, as Mazda did state their next regeneration vehicles would not begin to show until the end of 2019 – the 2020’s. (Again I do apologize if I was not clear enough in my original comment, I hope this helps no25).

    • Mike anonymous

      Sorry, I would like to apologize if I was not clear in what I mean. I decided to create a diagram below to help you better see what I mean, and to better understating the sections of the vehicle I was mentioning.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce705a602f7b989be4ad6f6d0d632859d85d89b80a9b85af8f239d8534fc840d.png

      All though I only stated “the front, the rear, and (to what degree the interior will receive change I do not know, therefor only mentioning) the interior as a whole,. We can not forget the “main body” of the vehicle, without it,.. well it would not be a car. I am not sure if you were attempting to make some joke/remark, or if you were actually being serious about it being “basically everything”, so I decided to make the picture above to help you understand what I mean and what (I guess, and do apologize for what I) failed to represent with only my words. I personally believed many here follow the automotive industry with a relatively close eye (especially on Mazda), and had understood what I meant by a “heavy facelift” as they have

      As I was saying I do believe this is a “heavy” update to the vehicle that will involve a great amount of change to the front of the vehicle, the rear of the vehicle, & the interior (dashboard and seats), and I personally do not believe this is a “full redesign”.

      If you take a look at the latest Mazda 6 and the 2015 Mazda 6, you (as well as all other who many not currently) understand) may better understand what a “heavy facelift” is. Mazda has been applying this same “heavy facelift” to all of their vehicles as of late, beginning with (already) 2 of their SUV’s, with the Mazda 6, and now with the current generation Mazda 3.

      I am looking forward to this vehicle, but I am not sure if it will be the full next generation Mazda 3, as Mazda did state their next regeneration vehicles would not begin to show until the end of 2019 – the 2020’s. (Again I do apologize if I was not clear enough in my original comment, I hope this helps no25).

      • Matthijs

        Why does everyone say it looks the same as the current generation on the main body? The ‘funny’ thing is that the line of the windows isn’t similar to the current one but to the previous generations..

        • Liam Paul

          I like the fact even you admit everyone thinks it looks just like the one it is replacing, to answer your Question, because it looks like the one it is replacing.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I hear, sadly, that it will switch to a live rear axle.

  • khc

    Yes – in the White House.

  • Liam Paul

    so it will look just like it has for the last 18 years, same shape but new details all around. Well I guess evolution is better then nothing

  • Liam Paul

    Wonder Woman is stronger than Superman too

  • Mario TrumpUnited

    what it needs is a 300HP engine

  • Maykel

    More like a heavy facelift, similar to Mazda 6.

  • Phil

    With the design of the concept and the new skyactiv X engine the Mazda 3 may well turn out to be the new benchmark, making minced meat of the oh so boring VW Golf and mediocre-looking Ford Focus.

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