• Nov 21st 2008 at 2:57PM
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Click above for more "official spy shots" of the 2010 Mazda3 5-door

The styling of the new Mazda3 is generally pretty good, with one notable and extremely controversial element: that happy-go-lucky smiling face. Still, we've yet to get an official uncovered glimpse of the upcoming 5-door hatch, so there may still be some surprises up Mazda's sleeve. Today we discovered the odd batch of "official spy shots" straight from the horse's mouth, Mazda that is. They show the upcoming hatchback as it sheepishly plays peek-a-boo with its sedan sibling through some beautiful European scenery. From what we can tell, that blissfully chipper visage is alive and well on the 5-door. The rest of the details, unfortunately, are still pretty obscured by all that effective black vinyl clothing.

When it finally is debuted at the 2008 Bologna Motorshow in Italy next month, the hatch's engine options should basically mirror those of the sedan's, which means the U.S. will initially get both a 148-horsepower 2.0L and a larger 167-horse 2.5L version of the MZR four cylinder engine. Could a Mazdaspeed3 be far behind?

[Source: Mazda Via Carscoop]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The scenery is Iceland, not Europe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Iceland is part of Europe...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not sure about the smile on the EU version. If the US sedan is officially out, why obscure EU sedan?

      My impression is that the sedan face will not be that cheerfull, but I haven't seen the US version live, so I may be mistaken. Still, Mazda has history of making things complicated - in mid 90's they came up with a 323 (Protege, Eunos...) line-up that consisted of 3 + 1 completely different cars. There was a hatch, a sedan, a sedan-based hatch (that's +1) and a 4 door coupe. All in one 323 generation. Oh, sweet 2.0 liter V6............ :-)

      Even current Mazda 3 - Hatch and Sedan have NO body part same. Hatch's bonnet bulges out, sedan's bonnet is depressed into the engine bay. From that backwards, everything's different. Even front doors are not interchangeable.

      I think we're in for a surprise.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The reason the sedan is camo'd in these pics is that it is likely that they were taken several months ago, before the sedan was unveiled.
      • 6 Years Ago
      um. what the hell is a sheep doing in the gallery?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It was taken by the Mazda photog that was along for the ride and made it through to Mazda's official images... so we included it too :)

      • 6 Years Ago
      Say CHEESE!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey look, bigger in every way, awesome!!

      :bangs head repeatedly into wall:
      • 6 Years Ago
      They just need to 'body colour' or even light grey or silver colour the solid black pieces in the grille/fog light surrounds and it would look 100% better....the openings would be less gaping.
        Jon Russell
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah.. I did a quick photoshop overlay just making the bumper silver and it does make it look much less smiley.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay, so we all know the Mazdaspeed3 is coming. My question is, are they going to make the grin larger?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 3 is dead :(. Not really, but it's looking like the 6 will be my next car if I decide to stay in the Mazda family. Then again by the 2012 model year I'm sure Mazda will correct the front end with an early mid-cycle refresh. At least I hope so!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Could a Mazdaspeed3 be far behind? "

      Um, you already showed spy shots of the Mazdaspeed 3 a month ago.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think they may be implying that the MS3 will be unveiled very shortly. I'm thinking:

        November: Sedan at LA
        December: Hatch at Bologna
        January: Speed at Detroit
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tough day at the office for these guys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does it come with a Soundtrack of laughing hyenas?
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