Mazda's new Kodo design language is set to quickly spread across the automaker's entire lineup, judging by these spy shots of the next-generation Mazda3 that show some very familiar styling cues. No matter, we're impressed with what Mazda has done on the CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 sedan in terms of design, and we're happy to see the C-segment hatchback ditching the smile-for-a-mile Nagare design.

It's unclear what sort of architecture is found below the new Mazda3 – our spy shooters suggest that the car could simply be using a heavily massaged version of the Ford C1 platform found under the current car. Our best guess is that it's actually a reworked version of the platform used in the CX-5 crossover, however, chocked full of weight-saving Skyactiv technologies. After all, the CX-5 plays in the compact CUV segment, and those vehicles are commonly based on C-segment platforms. And besides, there's probably some economic savings at work with the new chassis – both in terms of fuel efficiency and economies of scale. Still, no one is totally certain what lies under all that black-and-white paper at the moment.

The new Mazda3 is targeted to arrive for the 2015 model year, meaning we could see a final production car debut as early as this year. We expect the hatch you see here to debut along with a traditional four-door sedan, and unless we hear otherwise, we don't doubt that a Mazdaspeed version will be far behind.


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      igotzzoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd buy one. Especially with a Skyactiv-D option. If I didn't have such a horrendous quality experience with my Mk4 GTI, I'd probably be driving a Golf TDI right now.
      Rieku Ame
      • 1 Year Ago
      Front grille improved. Period.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rieku Ame
        100% agree, and I drive a 2010 MS3 (the grille on the speed is admittedly better looking than the standard one).
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I agree with others that the front seems a bit long and blunt, but I will wait until they show the final product as well as see it in person. I remember thinking the CX-5 seemed a bit flat-faced, but then I saw it in person and really loved the design. I just hope they come up with a more modern info-tainment system. Reviews on the current nav-based system in the CX-5 and 6 have been mixed.
      Jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don\'t care for the extra long nose. Seems overly long and out of proportion to the taut dimensions of the rest of the car.
      sfast
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whatever happened to having C and D pillars?
      Danrar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hello there good looking. Can't wait to get those clothes off and slip inside for a drive.
      econoRod
      • 1 Year Ago
      For me, the important thing is the potential powertrain suggested by the dual exhausts. I\'m ready to buy a 2014 Mazda 3 S GT, if it has a 2.5 Skyactiv. Testing mule or no testing, GT trim will have leather and extended options. I wish Mazda would also put Speed3 brakes on 3 S GT. Let Speed3 people pay for the engine, but give us the brakes on 3S GT trim. That\'s what I want...performance and economy in my rod.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @econoRod
        The funny thing is, if there is a boosted SkyActiv engine, there is no reason why you can't have both in the same car. Off boost, a MS3 isn't that much different in terms of fuel economy compared to a similar engine (the old MZR 2.3L) on which the turbo engine is based. I use to own a first gen Mazda 3 2.3L and currently drive a 2010 MS3. Fuel economy in the city (short trips, stoplights) is roughly the same for both - which is to say that it sucks - and highway fuel economy was roughly comparable (31 - 33).
          Gorgenapper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          @oRenj9 Well, I'm not saying they'll keep it at 14:1. There are other parts of the SkyActiv engine tech which also help with fuel economy (mainly to reduce friction), not to mention the new SkyActiv chassis will be lighter, etc.
          econoRod
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          I'd love a Speed3 with better mileage rating. I almost bought a Ford Focus ST3, but decided I wanted better mileage and not phony sound symposer and wide turning radius. Don't think I can wait beyond a 2014 3 S GT HB, 6MT, though. I've hung in there long enough. I'm hearing 1st Mazda 3s will be out anywhere from summer to beginning of next year? Hope it's sooner rather than later? Also heard someone suggest that initial Mazda 3s would come from Japan, not Mexico. I hope he's right?
          oRenj9
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          A 14:1 compression ratio turbocharged engine that doesn't blowup at 1.3 bar would be an amazing achievement.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      MistyGreen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is the hood so long? I love it except for that...
        econoRod
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MistyGreen
        Long hood to accomodate 4-2-1 headers and achieve full Skyactiv efficiency, as in CX-5. I'd like to see full headlights, side markers and multiple tail lights, so car can 'see and be seen', and not have to rely on all those air bags because no one else can see it on the road! All those Kodo cat's eyes will get knocked out!
      aviboy97
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't like how large the grill opening is. Way to big. It's perfect on the Mazda6 and CX-5. Please don't mess up the 3, it's your #1 selling car!!
      Col Jepson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks OK to me. Changing my gen 1 for a gen 2 this weekend - maybe I should have waited 2 years :)
      CBJMNWLD
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have no clue what you guys are seeing but this thing is APPALING. Way to go backwards MAZDA. Its funny, if this was the new Cruze you\'d all be throwing this under the bus. #MAZDAFAIL #MAZDAFANBOYAPOLOGISTS
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