Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, straight from the memory cards of our own cameras. As you can see, the only version of the 2014 Mazda3 that the automaker is showing off at the moment is the hatchback, but we've gotten confirmation from Mazda that the sedan version will be shown sometime within the next five weeks.

So far, Mazda isn't commenting on whether or not we can expect a higher-performance Mazdaspeed3 version of the car, but we've got our fingers crossed. In any case, we're quite drawn to the appearance of this new hatchback from Mazda, with its flowing lines and character creases setting it apart from the rest of the compact segment in which it competes.

We also appreciate the sound engineering that went into the new 3. Despite boasting a wheelbase that's longer than the car it replaces, we're pleased to see that Mazda has kept its exterior size in check – it's actually shorter overall than the last-gen model – while also reducing weight by about 200 pounds. That's bound to be good for the new 3's dynamic properties.

Have a good look at our live image gallery above, click here to read about the car's new specs, and let us know what you think of Mazda's latest compact hatchback in the Comments.


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      mchica
      • 1 Year Ago
      Once again leave it to Mazda to continue to design cars with style. Compared to the 500 thousand Civic and Corolla buyers each year because they are a "safe bet", this one will sell based on merits of style (looks fantastic!) and substance (features, interior design (minus the haphazardly located Navi)) and I imagine quite enjoyable to fling around. THis car should be on the shopping lists of anyone who is looking in this class. Nice job Mazda.
        Robert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mchica
        I think that is how the Audi nav system works, and if you can keep it tucked away when not in use, I think it's a great option. I hate a ton of screens I dont necessarily care about clogging up the smooth interior of a car. #Justmy$0.02
          Muttons
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Robert
          I'd be surprised if this one tucks away. it's not pictured so which would be strange not to call attention to, and it doesn't look like it does. But i do like the knob interface and not the touchscreen.
      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pretty impressed how much Mazda improved on interior, but what about the rear visibility??
      carlotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      Regardez: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-mazda3-live-reveal/#photo-5992914/ The people inside look absolutely ridiculous.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like from the dash back very much. The front clip seems a bit over hangy& out of proportion. Still looks better than most competitors and the goofy grin. Bet it's a fun little fw driver.
      Time
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where would the front plates be fitted if it is a legal requirement where you live?
        Camaroman101
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Time
        i hate having to run front licence plates, ruins the look of many vehicles. got three tickets in a month for not running one.
        Wulv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Time
        Directly under the front Mazda emblem according to other photos I have seen .
      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks beautiful, but I wouldn't want a front plate on...looks like it would go under the Mazda logo...it would ruin the design for me. Props to one of the only Japanese car manufacturers making good looking cars!
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      awesome car
      frostillicus80
      • 1 Year Ago
      It\'s a damn good looking car. So refreshing. The specs sound mighty fine, too. I\'m sure Mazda will have another winner on it\'s hands here. I love my \'05 Mazda3, but the only reason I wouldn\'t trade it in for one of these beauties is because I\'m quite comfy with having no car payments. \'Sides, mine doesn\'t have the stupid grin, and still runs and handles like a champ. This will be a great car for anyone in the market, though. Seriously.
      thegaren
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't figure out if the nav screen retracts like it did in the gen1. If it doesn't, then it looks so tacked on.
      mchica
      • 1 Year Ago
      And a good tire shine and full Maguiers or Zaino detail will make this car look awesome in person. The lighting in the shots is too harsh.
      Spottie2301
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering how well the last gen 3 drive, that 200lb diet makes this really intriguing. I do think the hood is a little long but there is no denying how this small car still manages to be sexy. Great job Mazda. Can't wait to hear how it drives.
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Note: CG images show a heads-up display on top of the instrument cowl.
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