2014 Mazda Mazda3 digital renderings
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  • 2014 Mazda Mazda3 digital renderings
  • 2014 Mazda Mazda3 sedan digital renderings side view

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda3 digital renderings
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The next-generation Mazda3 is expected next year, but aside from renderings and our own imagination about a compact economy car sporting Mazda's new Kodo design language, we really have no clue what this design will actually look like. Auto Express has gotten a hold of some shots it believes are official digital images from Mazda that could be a very good indication of what the Japanese automaker has in store for its top-selling car, but it's important to note the images could also be of an upcoming concept vehicle or just a design proposal.

Production or not, these renderings show the possibility for the 2014 Mazda3 that finds itself competing in a much more interesting class of cars than what was available back in 2009. The image of the Mazda3 5-door hatchback design shows a sloped rear D-pillar that gives it a strong family kinship with the new CX-5 and Mazda2, while the sedan has a sleek and sporty roofline along the lines of what we've recently seen on the new Mazda6.

We reached out to Mazda for comment on these images, and Jeremy Barnes, Mazda's director of public relations, had this to say: "Any speculation about a next-generation Mazda3 is just that – speculation. And, as a policy, we do not comment on future product speculation."


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      libertedelacroix
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a rabid VW/Audi fanboy, it pains me to say this but..... even when watered down, the next Mazda 3 will be MUCH better looking than the Mk7 Golf. The golf is too conservative and boxy, whereas as this is voluptuous and sporty. Props Mazda, one of the few car companies I still have respect for.
      Drew
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is clearly the design for the upcoming concept car. The thicker, blade-like grille trim is in line with similar touches on the Minagi and Takeri concepts. The production 3 will probably strongly resemble this render, but toned down a notch (see Minagi to CX5, Takeri to 6). Still, if it's even 85% of this it's bound to be a sleek, good-looking vehicle.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 2 Years Ago
      They look llike the concepts that will preview the new Mazda3. I'd expect a slightly toned down version of grill opening on the production models. I really like it, I think Mazda may have gotten their mojo back.
      2o6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Clay/Fiberglass mockup of a design proposal. There's probably a few similar variants that Mazda is working on at this stage of the game.
      adrenalnjunky
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do like - official renders or not.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      concept vehicle, no doubt about it. look at the huge wheels and the big wing in the grill. both of those will be toned down, but just like the mazda6, it will be very close to the concept
      Jay
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I would love it to be this "version", like others have said, it's a concept...not the real deal. It would be a worthy replacement to my '04 Mazda3. ...Unlike this current generation,
      disngaj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Swoopy, trendy, quick-to-be-dated styling. To my eyes, VW/Audi is looking better than ever.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh, looks like pretty much all the hatches out there right now. Only with a huge open grill that looks kinda awkward.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's nice but also fake... Traces of photoshop clone stamps are visible and there are design elements clearly taken from previous, existing and upcoming models, Also, it's unlikely for a Japanese prototype SO early in the development stage to be sporting a German license plate....
      RudyH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now make the MazadaSpeed3 with AWD and a decent turbo engine, where can I sign? Realized that will never happen though. Give people what they want?
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RudyH
        AWD will probably not happen due to cost, although I did read somewhere that the new chassis will have support for AWD. At this point I'll be happy to see the following: - 3000+lb curb weight (realistically speaking) - new 2.0T SkyActiv (275hp/290lb tq) - 235/40/18 rubber - a less shïtty fuel pump - MPG of 22 city, 32 - 34 highway - no significant change to MSRP You'll still have to add mods to it like an oil catch can, better engine mounts, intake, downpipe, exhaust and a tune with Accessport, and I'm sure that there won't be tuner support for a while as people get used to tuning for any new engine/ECU logic, but at least it doesn't smile at you like the current gen (which I've gotten used to for the MS3s, as I have a 2010). Oh and it should also continue to have a hood scoop - the TMIC is not going away anytime soon, and I'm sure Mazda will want to continue differentiating it from the regular line up while cooling the TMIC at speeds.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeremy Barnes, Mazda's director of public relations, had this to say: "Any speculation about a next-generation Mazda3 is just that – speculation. And, as a policy, we do not comment on future product speculation." --- Translation: "Where the hell did you get those pics from, I want the head of the person who leaked those images, and I want it now!"
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