2019 Mazda3: First Official Pictures Of Sleek Sedan And Hatch Are Out

The 2019 Mazda3 has leaked online early, shortly ahead of its global premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While details on the new car remain limited at this stage, we are able to get a look at its overhauled design for the very first.

As we’ve known for quite some time, the fourth-generation Mazda3 takes clear design inspiration from the show-stopping Kai Concept. As we can see from these pictures, which our friends at Jalopnik found, the exterior design has been tamed down for production but for the most part, the new car remains true to the concept, ensuring that our hopes for a stunning new Mazda3 weren’t dashed.

The Kai-inspired looks are particularly evident with the hatchback model. Up front, there’s slim headlights and in the model pictured, a blacked-out grille. Complementing these elements are a number of aggressive and flowing lines in the lower segment of the bumper.

As for the 2019 Mazda3’s roofline, it also looks quite familiar and is much more dramatic than the outgoing model. Rounding out the Kai inspiration is a small rear window with a subtle spoiler, dual tailpipes, and eye-catching headlights.

Although we have these images to gawk over, official details about the Mazda3 will remain under wraps until its LA debut (unless they too leak early). Nonetheless, we have a solid idea of what will be going on beneath the good looks.

For starters, the new Mazda3 is underpinned by the automaker’s SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture and will be sold in sedan and hatchback guises.

Elsewhere, the 2019 Mazda3 will land with a new 2.0-liter petrol engine using SkyActiv-X technology. This unit pumps out 187 hp and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque while returning diesel-like combined fuel economy.

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  • BarryFastCars

    It is almost shocking that well optioned version of this car will be under 30k. The sedan is now the better looking model which is interesting. Why would anyone buy an Audi A3 over this?

    • javier

      lol, 50 horsepower and awd. . Slow vs quick. Zoom zoom stho sthexy

    • Brent Morrison

      Independent rear suspension

  • Wow, that’s stunning. Well done, Mazda!

  • Okay, i’m liking what I see so far.. not sure about the C-Pillar on the Hatch..

    • Leconte Dave

      Agree

  • Jboy Ababon III

    Looks a bit of a refresh from the current Mazda 3. The interior is really new though. And what C-Pillar are those of the hatch version?

    • Bananarama

      It’s not a refresh. It’s all new. Do you really think they look like the old ones?

      • Jboy Ababon III

        I know it is ALL NEW. That is why I say ” IT LOOKS LIKE A REFRESH” because It almost loooks like the same with the last generation. No “significant” changes for the exterior. Even the sedan’s side lines were preserved. Like a downsized Mazda 6.

        • Bananarama

          But the sedan’s lines weren’t preserved? The front crease no longer slopes down after the fender. The DLO is different. The rear is much more sculpted and concave with the plate at the bottom now.

          It does look like a mini Mazda 6 now, but I don’t think that ever looked like the 3 at all.
          You can have your own opinion though.

          • Jboy Ababon III

            Sorry, but design will always be subjective. And the way how see the new Mazda 3 is just like a refresh. No hate. The sedan is sexy but not totally an overstatement.

      • no25

        I agree with him. And he wouldn’t just say that for the hell of it. Obviously, it has some familiar looks to the current one especially the side profile – the window, the creases, etc. He said it looks like a refresh – never said it was.

        • Jboy Ababon III

          Thanks for understanding my post. hahaha. No hate though, just a direct commentary.

          • EL CHAPO

            LOL is he accusing you of something?

          • Jboy Ababon III

            He was triggered. LOL

    • Eythan Aldrich

      have you seen the kai concept from last year?

      • Jboy Ababon III

        Of course i’ve seen that concept. It is all new. What I was implying was that the concept looks so new, but the production model was toned down, which eventually looks like a refresh.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Comment still pending…

    …even without any links shared… *facepalms*

    • DID YOU MENTION THIS SITE BY NAME? THAT WILL AUTOMATICALLY SEND YOU INTO PENDING MODE.

      • SpongeBob99Swell

        Nope. Not at all.

        • YEAH I NOTICED YOU DROPPED THE F BOMB. SOMETIMES IT GET BUY UNNOTICED BUT NOT ALWAYS.

          • EL CHAPO

            That’s why I use “CS” instead of the site name. But yeah, this site is very sensitive

          • Brent Morrison

            This site is fake news

          • EL CHAPO

            To the extent, yeah it can be especially with the editors. lol

  • Mr. EP9 (Monkey)-Banana

    Looks like a baby Mazda 6.

    • Bash

      Exactly my thought.

  • Dude

    That sedan is sexy as hell

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    Mazda’s designs never disappoints since 2012 CX-5

  • Bananarama

    The hatch is HOT. That C pillar will be polarizing as hell, but I love it. Gives it a solid stance and proportion that’s unique (I loathed the out-going model’s rounded shoe roof).
    Interior has the design caliber of a high-end luxury maker (honestly better than most if not all). So clean and simple but not screen-filled and fussy.

  • ErnieB

    That hatch though ..wow it’s gonna be nice!

  • LJ

    Already the best looking compact car.

  • Dennis Scipio

    That C-Pillar on the Hatchback is still unattractive, imo.

    • Ilbirs

      I don’t figure out why Mazda didn’t use the same four doors on both sedan and hatchback. The rear doors of the sedan have bigger windows and a shape designed to prevent huge rear blind spots and, if put on the hatchback, would not only mean a welcomed economy of scale without any beancounting DNA but also would add practicality to the two-box version without compromising overall looks.

  • THE SEDAN IS VERY SHARP.
    THE HATCH LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE PUT A HELIUM FILLER UP IT’S TAILPIPE. THE REAR QUARTER LOOKS BLOATED.

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      that’s because of the thick c-pillar and the spoiler that could have sharpened the back area if the did not make it blacked-out

    • eb110americana

      I think a lot of it is that particular image. It will probably look better in the official photos.

      • WE’VE BEEN SEEING THIS IN CONCEPT FORM AS THE “KAI” FOR A WHILE. I SAW IT AT THE NY CAR SHOW AND DIDN’T LIKE IT. I WAS HOPING TO SEE THE “VISION COUPE” CONCEPT WHICH YOU CAN SEE SHADES OF IN THE SEDAN VERSION OF THE 3.

  • Puddingpopper

    buying one

  • pcurve

    sick. ford focus in the U.S. had no chance

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Hatch or Sedan is the question.

    This is a must-buy already on looks alone.

    • Merc1

      My thoughts exactly!!! Stunning little car.

      M

  • EL CHAPO

    This car is better looking than the civic and the New Corolla.

    • LJ

      Not a very high bar.

  • EM1

    Expect a more expensive and larger next generation Mazda 6 as a result of making a fancier 3 sedan.

    Will this model have AWD?

    • Leo

      Mazda 6 already got facelifted in this year

    • 6thGear

      The hatchback appears to have AWD

    • salamOOn

      just check the photo no 3, you can see AWD badge.

  • Nordschleife

    Looks good. Looks up market but it’s that Soul Red color that makes it breathtaking. I need a clearer photo of the interior but it looks damn good.

    • Bash

      True, I love that interior

  • eb110americana

    As usual, Mazda has outdone themselves. The outside is so clean, they not only lead the Japanese, but could teach Italy a thing or two about design. And the interior somehow manages to look a class above.

    I really wish Mazda would ditch the round circle theme in the headlights and taillights though. I feel like it is really holding back their design. The taillights look overly complex for such a clean body, and the front end honestly looks like a slicked-back version of the old 3 with similar cues from the 6 refresh.

  • Brent Morrison

    TORSION BEAM LOL

    • Miknik

      If it is good for a GOlf, FOcus, but also A-CLass and base Audi A3, why not in a Mazda 3?

  • Marty

    To make a good-looking compact sedan is probably one of he hardest thing a designer can do. Well done Mazda!

    The hatch is polarizing, but I think it’s the right way to go. The segment is in dire need of change since so many compact hatches look identical.

  • Miknik

    Looks gorgeous, in and outside, both hatch and sedan; Looks IMO way more interesting (on outside) and expensive (on the inside) than any current German premium c-segment car;

    I do find it sad that Mazda is following the trend of switching back to torsion beam in the C-segment as set by the Germans, but I guess if everyone is doing it, we have to accept it, plus it might be a weight saving feature as well, in addition to cost;

  • Will_95LV

    The hatchback version looks kinda weird to me but the sedan look beautiful.

  • winnerx741

    170 pound lb-ft from a 2.0 I knew it is a supercharged and the intercooler is borrowed from the cx5

  • Richard Taylor

    Well this is rather nice. Well done Mazda on creating such refined designs and a genuinely distinctive hatchback – we don’t see that very often. I assume hatch’s rear-three-quarter visibility will be horrendous for drivers, but I’ll be glad to see these touring the streets of Europe, cutting through the try-hard noise of Audi, Lexus et al.

  • klowik

    the implicit curve on the sides just makes it looks weirdly dented. I’d prefer a clear cut fold line instead.

  • Jason Panamera

    Baby mazda 6 finally got new infotainment

  • TB

    Gotta say both look pretty good!

  • Paul

    They both look really good. Imagine if Chevy/GM had a Cruze that looked that good maybe it wouldn’t be getting the chopping block treatment.

  • Axel Cortez

    a two door hatchback would look very nice

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