2019 Mazda3 Sedan Spotted Undisguised At Factory Lot?

Mazda has confirmed that its all-new 2019 Mazda3 model will make its global debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, as both a 5-door hatchback as well as a four-door sedan.

We’ve known this ever since the Japanese automaker released a teaser image depicting both versions of the car, although we suspect the sedan version was computer generated, seen as how it didn’t feature a rear quarter window, something you’d expect to see on any four-door model.

Looking sleeker than ever

The fourth-generation Mazda3 is underpinned by the brand’s new SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture, which should prove stronger while providing the car with better ride quality. This is something sedan buyers will surely appreciate – just as they would a sporty and/or elegant exterior aesthetic.

Since the hatchback’s design is heavily influenced by that of the Kai Concept, we expect the sedan to feature those very same influences, albeit with a completely different rear end design. Judging by these new images (see the white model), it looks more similar to that of the Mercedes CLS rather than any past Mazda3. Also, the taillights look very sleek and angular, while the trunk lid follows the lines of the rear window, as it does on most four-door coupes.

To put it plainly, this is definitely not what we expected from Mazda, especially after seeing those recent official drawings of the Mazda3 sedan. At least however they confirm the presence of the rear quarter window.

Fresh new tech

The 2019 Mazda3 will boast new engine technology dubbed SkyActiv-X, featuring Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI). According to the automaker, this should result in a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-X gasoline engine offering diesel-like combined fuel economy. While this particular unit will be good for 190 PS (187 HP) and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque, Mazda will also offer smaller gasoline and diesel engines.

As for the interior, expect to see plenty of 2018-worthy onboard tech, to go with that Kai Concept-like dashboard design which has already been scooped on the 5-door hatchback model.

In the end, while we can’t be 100% sure that this mysterious white sedan is the all-new Mazda3, by simple deduction we have pretty much ruled out any other suspects.

H/T to Ken!

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  • Billy Lthr

    better buy these sedans now because the SUV is killing the Sedan.

  • Duke Woolworth

    The Mazda glass areas get smaller and smaller. What’s a short person to do? My wife passed on Mazda as a replacement for her ’06 3 and went to Subaru, stodgy but she can see out.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Eh, unfortunately it’s a problem with many modern cars. The pillars have to be super thick for safety reasons. I can barely see out of my Camry. Don’t kill me, I got practical reasons for owning one!

      • eb110americana

        Protecting you by preventing you from seeing! The problem is that they just keep raising the rollover standards until everyone can ace them, then they raise them again. Particularly A-pillars need to get thinner, not fatter.

    • charlotteharry57

      I agree, but tall folks have issues as well. Other than the smaller glass area, so far, I’m not seeing a whole lot of change in the styling.

    • LJ

      My wife is 5′ nothing and loves her Mazda 3.

    • MadFerret9

      Dude I did the exact same thing! I have a 2007 Mazda 3 and when I tested the 2018, the visibility was horrible. So I bought a 2018 Subaru legacy !

  • NoMan2015

    Looks more like a CLS…really?

  • pidginTM

    Definitely on my shortlist to buy.

  • Raymond Resetar

    Bought a 2017 3 Grand Touring. Still love driving it after almost 2 years. I was 72 when I got it and had to adjust to how well it performed. Improved my reflexes. Will consider a crossover or Suv if I live to get old. When you get behind the wheel of a car, do you want to drive or go along for the ride?

  • MarkoS

    Just another white sedan.

  • MarkoS

    The sedan doesn’t seem to be as interesting as the Hatch, We will see how it plays out in this crowded and shrinking segment. Personally I would take the GT approach and make the sedans 5-doors as well.

  • Mike anonymous

    Waiting for the reveal of the Mazda 3 (the first vehicles from Mazda’s next generation line-up, the first vehicle in their push to move up market, the idealization of the beautiful Kai Concept)… can really give you a feeling of… .“anticipation”.


    The AutoShow begins on the 27th, but we all know the real reveals won’t be until the 28th & 29th… And waiting for those days feels, well… (^^^^^)… I Have a feeling I might not be alone on this one.

    • anthony801

      Take a cold shower.

      • Mike anonymous

        I just want this auto show to begin. I have not been this properly excited about an auto show in quite sometime. There’s a lot of really (not just cool) but important vehicles that will be revealed here. The Mazda 3 being amongst the top of the list.

        They tell you it starts on the 27th, but it’s really not until the 28th/29th. I’ve been on the edge of my seat to see real footage (not the typically bad press photography) of the vehicles on the show floors.

  • getoffme

    It is going to be BORING anyway.

  • Mike anonymous

    Thanks! I seriously can not wait for this. (I talked with the company during a press meet about the future of Mazda a few years ago, and this is essentially the by-product of what they were talking about).

  • Paul

    It looks good.

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