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.