We're set to get a closer look at the US-spec 2014 Mazda3 later today, but AutoExpress has the first peek at the machine's European cousin (after initial leaks reportedly came from a Czech outlet). The photos show a compact that's taken plenty of design inspiration from its older sister, the Mazda6. That's excellent news, as the larger car's dynamic front fascia, accentuated fender arches and long nose translate well to the Mazda3. Inside, there are are new and improved material choices, and the longer wheelbase means occupants get to enjoy more room than before. There's also a larger trunk with 12.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Buyers in the EU can get their hands on a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine with 99 horsepower, though the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder will still be available in either 118 hp or 163 hp configuration. A 2.2-liter diesel tops out the engine choices.

The 2014 Mazda3 is lighter than its predecessor and boasts disc brakes and a multi-link rear suspension on every trim. That means this thing should be fun to shuffle around. Stay tuned for details on the US-spec variant later today, including a lot more images of the good-looking hatch.

UPDATE: We've just received word from Mazda that the photos seen here do, in fact, show the global Mazda3, and not merely a European version. So the good-looking hatch in our gallery is one that you can look forward to in your dealership before too long. Expect to see full US specs, and even more images of the 3, later today.


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      ShiftItManual
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazda is going to sell a ton of these.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Traded in the smile for a more aggressive look, well done Mazda.
      yyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh-oh, my purchase of a Focus ST or Fiesta ST this fall might be in question. This new 3 looks good.
        drew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yyz
        I was thinking the exact same thing. If they announce a new Mazdaspeed 3...oh man.
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, looks good! can we get a true rx-7 successor with this new design language please?
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        If folks buy enough of these, they will. Mazda just needs the cash to make it happen.
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sedan with the 2.5 from the Mazda6 would be perfect for me, hopefully they offer that as an option or at the least the diesel.
        Jamie Elmhirst
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        I hope so too. We'll see if there are any specs release with the official launch.
          Joey Franklin
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jamie Elmhirst
          2.5 is going to be available, i\'m glad i didn\'t buy the 6 as the 3 is big enough and will be faster with less weight. Mazda is killing it now.
      Todor Angelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazda 6 comes with 8 years guarantee, so if this baby offers 8 years guarantee too, than watch out Golf and Focus!!! :) PS: I'm talking about Europe
      Pj Taintz
      • 1 Year Ago
      well at least the smile is gone - looks good
      550PlusX5
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a winner
      HAL
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man that's a good looking car! I'm really loving this new look.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet. It looks as good as I had hoped. Interior looks perfect too - simple I am so glad the designers didn't get forced to put one of those stupid chrome wingdings on the trunk lid. The design is too good to mar. Mazda - bring the diesel ASAP and I think you may have a sale.
        Jamie Elmhirst
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        How tempting for Mazda. Bring the diesel to NA and you "might" have a sale. There's a business case!
          S.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jamie Elmhirst
          Why? Their SkyActiv returns very good MPG without the added costs of a diesel Or are you one of those "diesel 6spd awd whargarblll" persons?
      Cesar Idrobo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Harmonious design! well-executed!
      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      I approve this redesign +1
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