• Dec 14th 2007 at 6:27PM
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The blokes over from AutoExpress tapped an artist to photochop the next Mazda3, supposedly utilizing sources within the automaker, and although it looks like an inoffensive evolution of the current model, we're somewhat doubtful that it's an accurate representation of what's to come.

Earlier this week, Automotive News sat down with Mazda's design chief, Laurens van den Acker, who said that the redesigned 2009 Mazda3 would take several cues from the Nagare line of concepts. All of the concepts featured a prominent five-point grille and "flow" inspired creases flanking the sides. In the rendering above, we don't see any of those elements. Instead, it's simply the integration of a few of the cues found on the new Mazda6 and its CUV/SUV siblings.

The Brits assert that the next 3 will be built atop the longer platform slated to underpin the 2010 Ford Focus, featuring a more spacious interior with higher quality materials, with a Mazdaspeed version (MPS abroad) that will utilize the 2.5-liter mill from the new Mazda6.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      my god, I thought that was a new CX-3 or something when I saw the picture. I'm certain Mazda will do better with their best-selling model.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey guys remember this is an autoexpress.co.uk their chops aren't the most accurate ones. Thus, I'd wait for Heidfelt or whatever his name is. He has a terrific track record.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As long as it doesn't turn into the Impreza.
        • 7 Years Ago
        how can someone copy someone that copied them?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think you have it wrong, the Impreza is the new 3, I see no difference between the two.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, except that from the front, rear, side, and interior the Impreza doesn't really look much like a Mazda 3 at all. The sedan sure doesn't look like the Mazda3 sedan and the 5-door doesn't look much like a Mazda wagon. Especially from the front and rear...
      • 7 Years Ago
      That does strike me as a mini-ute at first glance. Definitly not what I would expect in a Mazda3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I believe it's just a mock up. wheels from the early models 04-06. from what I heard and read at mazda the mazda 3 2009 is supposed to be influenced bu the CX-7 and mazda 6. It is supposed to have the same front as a CX-7 but with a more smoother look for the compact car. I can't wait to see the new models of Mazda 3's to change my current mazda 3 06 :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well... I know what the front end will look like and that's not even CLOSE. Forget the cx-7 styling cues, totally wrong direction. The front end had a large "5 point" lower grille and wheel wells like the new US spec Mazda 6. From the bluelines I have seen the new 3 introduce a new look for Mazda that the others (like the next-gen CX-7, CX-9 and forthcoming CX-3) will follow... not the other way around! Who were these "insiders" that helped the artist's rendering? I bet Mazda had them intentionally lead the artists in the wrong direction... pretty clever to make them believe it will look like CX-7. Just wait... the new 3 will really knock your socks off!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know. Maybe I'm biased because I just bought one... but I prefer the more conservative and handsome lines of the current generation. This is a bit too dramatic for my taste.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I kinda like it, not a dramatic change but should it be. windshield back looks Impreza, better front end though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks like the blended the current Mazda4, CX-7 and CX-9 together and downsized it. Not a bad speculation, but the proportions aren't right, the front is very long, in these pictures it looks like a mid-size wagon as opposed to a compact wagon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        correction: Mazda3
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is really just some kid's attempt at using Photoshop.

      Or that's what it looks like, anyway. The next Mazda3 will blow us away (or so I'm hoping). Nagare!
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like what would be born if a RX-8 shagged a Astra and it got it's nose squished somehow.

      That's all I have to say about that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like they took one of the front 3/4 images of the new Opel, umm... I mean Saturn Astra and photoshopped it with a Mazda3 to get this look.
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