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.
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!