In terms of exterior appearance, not much has changed from the last time we spotted the next-generation Mazda3 out testing. Oh, sure – we can see plenty of details that clearly show the new Kodo design influence (that front end reminds us a whole lot of the sleek new Mazda6), but these latest round of spy shots don't really show us anything we haven't seen before. Oh, wait, yes they do – the interior.

2015 Mazda3 interiorFeast your eyes on the Mazda3's insides, showing a vastly reworked interior that also takes cues from the automaker's most recently refreshed products. We can see that there's a simple, clean center stack with a slim row of heating and cooling functions, and up top there's a large, presumably touchscreen display, with redundant controls found just aft of the shifter.

We expect that the 2015 Mazda3 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, packing both petrol and diesel engines. A sedan variant is also in the works, and should debut shortly after the hatchback.


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      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, that really does look fantastic. It has a lot of BMW-ness to it which I really like. Mazda is going to sell the crap out of these!!!
      artso06
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is shaping up well. It looks restrained. Fantastic for this segment. The camo is really doing its job. I can't come close to judging this form. Obviously a lot of the new language. Really want to see how it translates.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Burabus
        • 1 Year Ago
        The new Lexuses have a huge BMW/Audiish vibe, especially the interior.
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        Uh.. you also see the pop up screen in Lexus.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          No, not a pop-up, but just looks like one, which is just as bad.
          360_AD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          It's not a pop-up screen.
        james
        • 1 Year Ago
        I looked and the first thought that crossed my mind was BMW like interior. I like it.
      6thGear
      • 1 Year Ago
      infortainment screen looks like an ipad, does not appear to be a pop-up unit. Nice overall. Interior has BMW, upscale look to it.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @6thGear
        Too bad Mazda seems to have copied BMW with the use of the joystick, spinning wheel controller. Touch screen is the way of the future. Nobody wants to struggle with the joystick/thumbwheel.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          I wish touch screens were banned in cars.
      bookemd
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they make a MazdaSpeed 3 version. In a year or so I will be looking at the Focus ST, WRX, GTI, and this if they make it. I hope they do, because Mazda is something special. I think it looks fine by the way.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking like a solid segment winner. Glad they didn't go crazy with the interior design; very tidy and clearly laid out. Not too big on the TomTom-look alike screen just sitting up there (most likely a pop up) but at least it's clearly visible.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The overall shape, unfortunately, looks a bit last-gen Impreza to me. Not a good thing. But you really can't tell from the camouflage. The face definitely has the Mazda6 look to it. And the rear glass looks like it might mimic the twin wing style that is in the Mazda badge, which would be very cool. The interior is sharp - seems to have the CX-5 style and controls but with a pop up touchscreen instead of the in-dash one. And that screen looks pretty big. My prediction is both the CX-5 and Mazda6 end up with that larger screen in the next model year update. If you look at the dashboards in both of those cars, the current unit looks too small for the opening. Lots of wasted space and trim. They look designed for a larger screen. That would be a nice update to those vehicles.
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I still think last gen Impreza hatchback looks better than the current one. The latter looks cheap without LED tail light and projector headlight. Not to mention that ugly fog light.
      mham458408
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like how the interior appears to resemble the first generation's clean layout, rather than the busy, cluttered refreshed interior. I hope they put the 2.2 diesel in it, but I'm guessing they'll hold off on it for a while, and maybe add that option late in the first year, or sometime in the second year.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mham458408
        A 1.6L diesel is more likely
          Anteraan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Greg
          Mazda did make mention of a 1.6L, 130hp version of the diesel on their facebook page, and the concept got panned bigtime. I've been a huge advocate for the SKY-D, but even I wouldn't buy that in a 3. I'd keep my 2005 3s (you know, the good-looking 1st gen version) or wait to see what they do with a Mazdaspeed version instead.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought the second gen car was so ugly and cheap I actually went out and bought the last imported 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 imported to the U.S. I begged Mazda for weeks trying to get the car. There were dealers fighting over it. This third gen car looks pretty good. Defiantly moving in the right direction.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        As an owner of a 2010 MS3, I can't blame you for wanting that last imported 1st gen MS3. But...given enough time, even the Nagare styling can look pretty good. Not as clean as the 1st gen, of course, but over time I've actually come to like the way a gen 2 MS3 looks from almost any angle. The wider fenders, hood scoop and flush-mounted grille make a world of difference over the base version, I think. It helps that my car is black mica, which makes the grille blend in better than other colors.
        UtesFanRy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        I had every intention of replacing my 07 Mazdaspeed3 with the 2010 model. Until I saw it. Needless to say, I still own my 07. Can not wait to see what the Mazdaspeed version of this one ends up like - may have found a replacement finally!
        jalywol
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        I had a 2006 that I liked so much that I traded it (on a very good deal) for a new 2009, since I knew the 2010 style models were not what I wanted, and I wanted to keep this model around as long as possible. Still love it today, great car. Hopefully I can keep it around for another 4 or so years before I have to get a new one!
      swk426
      • 1 Year Ago
      had an 06 and now drive a 10, love them both. kind of sad to see that the cupholders do not have the retactable cover of the older models. small touch, but nice to not see last weeks spilled coffee.
      pokornat
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you put the kidney grille on the front it looks just like a bmw (inside and out). I wouldn't call it copying as much as emulating though. Thumbs up!
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      glad to see they now have a better looking screen. th esolution in the 6 and cx5 looks so 90ies to me
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lachmund
        Wish all manufacturers would leave the infotainment out, buried suppose that's just a fantasy of mine.
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