• Jul 31, 2008
This November's Los Angeles Auto Show is shaping up to be Mecca for enthusiasts. The 2010 Ford Mustang is due to be revealed in the City of Angels, Volkswagen will supposedly unveil a mid-engine roadster to rival the Elise and it's been all but officially confirmed by Nissan that the 370Z is on its way – two of them, no less.

So with all that rear-wheel-drive hotness on display, the redesigned Mazda3 sedan might have to struggle for attention. Then again, it might not. As suspected, spied and rendered, the next Mazda3 will be taking cues from the recently released Mazda6, including flared wheel arches, swept back headlamps and a gaping air dam. The illustration above (courtesy of AutoCar) is yet another derivation of a reoccurring theme we've seen before, and with the same C1 Ford Focus chassis, the 2010 Mazda3 will have the looks to back up its performance.

As for engines, European consumers will get a choice of gasoline powerplants ranging from 1.4- to 2.0-liters, along with 1.6- and 2.2-liter oilburners. In the U.S., we can expect engines ranging from 2.0- to 2.5-liters, while the Mazdaspeed version is expected to be packing the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder from the Focus ST. The five-door will debut at the Bologna Motor Show in December, and sales are expected to begin in Europe and North America early next year.


[Sources: Autocar, AutoExpress]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Torture! Making us wait another month after the 4-door debuts before we see the 5-door! If the postings on Mazda3-enthusiast sites are any indication- more of us hardcore MZ3-lovers prefer the 5-door! =)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unless Mazda gets the styling wrong--unlikely, given their recent efforts--this car is going to go down a storm. Even at four years old, the current 3 makes rivals in its class look like they aren't even trying.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bull's eye.

        Spot on assessment of the current Mazda3 and it's likely successor. Great post.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nothing new. I don’t say it doesn’t look good but if you borrow from another version, it’s not new. Looks good, a little bit aggressive, but…I don’t know what to say.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's unlikely that the production vehicle will look this slinky. The hood/bonnet will have to be raised to meet Euro pedestrian collision standards, and it can't sit that low. Not even my Miata's that close to the ground. Remember it's a rendering, a concept.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dang pedestrians, get a horse!
        • 6 Years Ago
        A horse will put a mighty dent in your hood. Pesky horses, and deer, too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      AWESOME!
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's one meaning Illustration. Can't wait for L.A. Show.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought it was being redesigned! Sorry, but I can hardly tell. Looks like the same lardass to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      PLEASE offer the Mazdaspeed version in AWD. PLEASE!!!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you're talking about adding something that's going to increase the cost of the vehicle, I'd rather get a dual-clutch system instead of AWD, and frankly they would be able to sell more of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What part of 'Autocar Magazine rendering' don't people get? This isin't the real thing. But hey...why let detail or fact get in the way of opinion.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Are the comments messed up or something? My first one didn't even show up!
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as they bring the 3 and 5 doors here like expected. Toyota realized that there is demand for the 5DR Yaris and are finally bringing it over. Subcompact 4DRs always look cartoonish. Hopefully this one will not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you're thinking of the mazda 2. Mazda 3 is just a small car, not a subcompact.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Duh, you're right! Brain fade. A 3DR Mazda3 would be cool too though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There it is! Sorry for the triple post.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This rendering makes it looks like it is taking a few styling cues from the RX-8 as opposed to the Mazda6.

      Still pretty neat. I can't wait for the real thing. I'm looking for a nice daily driver.
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