When Mazda released the first teaser video of the all-new Mazda3 last month, it said that the debut will take place in November.
Now we know exactly when that will happen, as the Japanese carmaker has confirmed the Los Angeles Auto Show (November 30-December 9) as the venue for the world debut of its new compact models.
We use the plural because, as you can see in the teaser photo released with the announcement, the 2019 Mazda3 will debut simultaneously as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback.
The automaker says the 2019 model marks the beginning of a whole new generation of Mazda cars “that will deliver new dimensions of driving joy to customers around the world.”
The fourth-generation Mazda3 will use the new SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture which is said to be stronger and provide better ride quality. Mazda says the new platform “enables people to make the most of their natural sense of balance,” suggesting intuitive handling characteristics.
The new model will also pack the latest SkyActiv engines. Mazda doesn’t get into details, but says the new powertrains “offer responsive control of vehicle speed in any driving situation.”
We do know that one of the new power plants will be the SkyActiv-X gasoline engine featuring Spark Controlled Compression Ignition. The 2.0-liter unit is expected to deliver around 190 horsepower and 170 lb-ft (230Nm) of peak torque.
Styling-wise, the all-new Mazda3 adopts “a richer interpretation” of the carmaker’s Kodo design philosophy.
The teaser photo partially reveals that the hatchback will be the more emotional model, adopting design cues from last year’s Kai Concept. As for the sedan, it appears to go for a more traditional design, allowing Mazda to shoot two birds with one stone.
The official drawings we brought you last month revealed that the interior will carry influences from the Kai study as well. Expect the all-new Mazda3 to go on sale globally in the first half of 2019.