• Oct 20, 2006
Slow news Friday always gets us to dig a little deeper to find interesting material on which to post, which led us today to the CarSpyShots.net forum where we found a detailed description of the next generation Mazda 3. Forum member xander80 is a focus group junkie, and he's attended two for the next generation Mazda 3 already. The first one included various competitors of the Mazda 3, the current model and two prototypes. The second focus group he just attended, however, only had one of the prototypes, which indicates that Mazda has likely narrowed down candidates for the next gen 3 to this model. xander80 describes what he saw in detail, highlights of which include a longer wheelbase and length, Lexus IS-shaped LED taillights, a pointed trunk lid, and a "baby" RX-8 front end with bulging wheel arches over the front wheels and no grille. Fellow forum member 6speed whipped up the above rendering based on the description. While nothing close to the car we're imagining in our heads right now, other CarSpyShot.net forum members have vowed to produce photochops based on the description, as well. Let us know when they're up guys and we'll host them here.

Read the full description in xander80's words after the jump...

[Source: CarSpyShots.net]

"The doors looked indentical to the current car, but upon closer insection were in fact different, incorporating all new sheetmetal. Overall size grew at least a couple inches in wheelbase and length. The silhouette and proportions were the same as the current car, with the rear trunk-lid coming to a point in the center and Lexus IS shaped taillights, using what appeared to be strips of LED's. The front of the car what the real head turner, looking like a baby RX-8, with bulging arches over the wheel wells and NO GRILLE, only a large air intake in the bumper with smaller corner ones that could be used to house fog lights. The headlights were a little larger than the ones on the current 3, same idea but were pulled/stretched up the hood. Overall, the car looked awesome, more sophisticated and a bit more grown up."


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Someone refresh my memory: what does N.D.A. stand for?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everyone sees something different. I see an Acura TSX with a stretch Scion tC facade.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just hope it doesn't get the Model T fender flairs from the RX-8. The rear roof line looks just like any current Volvo sedan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hatch? any word on the hatchback? I could care less about the sedan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thoroughly mix Nissan GT-R and Mitsubishi Evo X. Apply to front of generic sedan pretending to have "four-dour coupe" roofline, and voila!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "12. Hatch? any word on the hatchback? I could care less about the sedan."

      -You mean wagon?! It's funny I drive a sedan, and everyone that is "mainstream" (not on autoblog, or don't really pay attention to cars), they all say "is your car also offered as a wagon" then I say no it's a hatchback, then they usually say, well it looked like a family hauler to me.

      They really need to offer a 2dr hatchback, AND the front end of the sedan, the sedan front end is ALOT slicker looking.

      Did you know the hatchback and sedan don't share a SINGLE panel with each other?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Any info on the engines? I think Mazda should apply the DISI treatment to both the 2.0 and 2.3 engines to add that extra "oomph" without sacrificing fuel efficiency (ie: no larger displacement or turbo on the regular 3 - the MPS3/Mazdaspeed - now that's another story). VW apparently has a 1.4 that puts out about 170hp IIRC.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks good, for now! A but like an euro Ford Focus, but even so it's good.

      What about the 5 point grille?
      • 8 Years Ago
      NDA means Non Disclosure Agreement
      • 8 Years Ago
      Call me crazy, but that looks A LOT like the Evo X...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I own a Mazda 3 manufactured in 2009. I am experiencing the door indicator on the dash remains on for a few seconds after the doors are closed. The dealers in my country did a diagnostics and suggested a battery change. Has anyone had similiar experiences? What was the course of action to remedy it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      " with the rear trunk-lid coming to a point in the center "

      what does that mean? i can't picture it.

      the outline above reminds me of a S40 and Euro Focus, with a little EVO X thrown in...which is good.
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