• Nov 25, 2008

Click above for a hi-res gallery of the 2010 Mazda3 hatchback

The Mazda3 hatchback will be unveiled next week at the Bologna Motor Show, and Mazda has released five photos to help get everyone excited. The Euro backdrop means that the 5-door's engine lineup will include a 2.2L turbodiesel that's guaranteed to keep the EU carbon nannies placated. Up front, it wears the same moderately unnerving perma-smile as its sedan brother. Look for more info next week, and feel free to start mentally transforming it into the next Mazdaspeed3. We have.


[Source: Mazda]
PRESS RELEASE:
World Debut for All-New Mazda3 Five-Door Hatchback at the 2008 Bologna Motor Show


HIROSHIMA, Japan: Mazda Motor Corporation will hold the world premiere of the new-generation Mazda3 five-door hatchback at the Bologna Motor Show on December 3, 2008.

The second generation Mazda3 five-door hatchback follows on the heels of the four-door sedan revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

The new-generation Mazda3 five-door hatchback adopts the same characteristics as its sedan counterpart, offering sporty driving and a dynamic design, together with top class environmental and safety performance.

Environmental-friendly qualities were top of mind during development, including efficient powertrains, Mazda typical lightweight engineering and amongst the best-in-class aerodynamics.

All petrol engine versions of the new-generation Mazda3 will offer even further advanced environmental performance, including the world's first vehicle catalyst to be constructed with single nanotechnology. This new development enables Mazda to reduce its use of scarce resources such as platinum and palladium.

The new engine lineup has been tailored for European customers and now includes the newly developed 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, just launched in the Mazda6. The new 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is a high-performance clean diesel powerplant with top class output, fuel economy and refinement.

This new-generation diesel engine has outstanding emissions performance and complies with Euro Stage5 regulations. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also greatly improved compared to the current 2.0-litre version.

The all-new Mazda3 five-door hatchback will be revealed during Mazda's press conference at 09:00am on December 3, 2008 (local time).


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      • 6 Years Ago
      What the hell!!! LOL!!! Nothing more to say! The design of the front bumper is good as much of their customer service...... Means really BAD!
      • 6 Years Ago
      um... there's a reason why these pictures were shot the way they were from those angles.

      Mazda did the same thing with those initial Mazda3 sedan teaser pics.
      • 6 Years Ago

      So Mazda is becoming like Acura?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dunno, maybe it's the angles of these shots but it doesn't look too bad. I'm really digging the rear.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the back, a mile evolution, mechanically a very mild evolution.

      But from the front. Egads, someone let the kids Anime artist loose and he made it grin at us. Is that vomit I taste?

      If you want a 3, run to your dealer for last years model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yum!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another unfortunate thing besides having the same ugly face as the sedan, is that it has the same face at all. The current sedan and hatch each have their own appearance in the front. Hood, fenders even the headlights are all different. I think the only sheet metal shared between the two body styles is the front doors, and maybe the windshield frame.

      I was surprised that the designers were able to sell this to management, but with the 3 being such critical and commercial success, I figured they would have been vindicated had have continued the idea. At least then, there would have been the chance that one of them would have looked acceptable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Best looking in it's class, apart from the Euro Ford Focus, which isn't even here.

      Mazda3 > Civic
      Mazda3 > Corolla
      Mazda3 > Cobalt
      Mazda3 > Lancer
      Mazda3 > Impreza
      Mazda3 > American Focus
      Mazda3 > Spectra
      Mazda3 > Elantra
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the overall design, that smiling front grille is still kinda odd, I hope I can warm up to it and maybe I'll replace my current 3 with this new model. I'm really loving the interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Was gonna buy the 2008.5, now I need t save my sheckles for the 2010! I think 3 looks 10x better than the original and I love the original!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry that Mazda felt that this was the way they wanted to go with the front end. This car was one of my top picks to purchase, until now. I'll have to see one in person to make a final decision but as of now I don't see myself buying one of these.
      AnonymousK
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing has some resemblance to some of the Peugeot cars as of now....
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