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Mazda showed off its brand-new 2014 Mazda3 at an event in New York City earlier this week, and we have to say, at first blush, we're pretty impressed. It looks fantastic – like a smaller, hatch'd version of the already sleek Mazda6 sedan that went on sale earlier this year. And with a 200-pound weight reduction, efficient Skyactiv gasoline engines underhood and Mazda's usual focus on driving dynamics above all, we're willing to bet that the new Three will be a pretty decent steer.

Of course, being enthusiasts, we're already setting our sights on the next-generation Mazdaspeed3, rendered here by artist Theo Chin. To our eyes, it's not a very imaginative transformation, but is likely a spot-on rendering for what the next car will look like. And it's really, really hot.

While Mazda hasn't exactly confirmed that the new Speed3 will be coming, sources within the automaker have indicated that a third-generation version of the MS3 is under development. Thing is, the Japanese automaker wants to give the standard Mazda3 some time to grow in the market, so we might not see the new Speed3 until something like 2016, with a possible diesel version to arrive before then.

The big unknown, however, is what will power the new Speed3. Of course, we're big fans of the DISI 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder that's currently used, producing 263 horsepower, but Mazda could certainly be developing something new. A turbo-four setup is a given, and power will likely fall closer to 275 hp for the new car. Bring it on.

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      Mazda. TAKE MY MONEY!
      • 1 Year Ago
      OH HELL YEAH!! That's SEX-A!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow!!! First the Mazda 6 now this!!! Mazda you should receive plenty of bows and handclaps. Finally a car company is giving us cars without hardly no compropmises, unlilke Hyundai and Toyota, Honda..... GIVE THIS CAR COMPANY AN AWARD AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALISTS!!!! THEY REALLY DESESRVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Mazda please take my money.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Either I'm getting old or just more conscious of gas prices, CO2, and dependence on foreign oil, but as fun as the 2.3 Turbo is, it's just too wasteful for me. I test drove a Focus ST and was incredibly pleased with it's power output and felt its fuel economy was acceptable. If Mazda can make a Speed3 that gets over 30mpg on the highway, I'll be very interested! If not, Focus ST it is!
        • 1 Year Ago
        The MZR engine is all but dead with the launch of the new 3. Expect a 2L turbo based on the new engines. The base car is said to get over 40mpg highway due to the major weight lose of the platform which should carry over into the Spped 3. I would assume 35mpg is doable if the new Speed 3 remains under 3,000 pounds.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mazeroni Do you have a source article on this? I'm not disputing your claim, I just want to read more about it. I don't really care if it's 2.0T or 2.5T, as long as it makes as much if not more power than the current MS3 (263hp/280lb-ft) while being lighter.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Unless you are driving over 50 miles a day or own a V8, who cares about fuel economy? I guess I'm in the minority, but true car lovers don't worry about fuel economy.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A car that looks like this, with a decent interior, good performance and good value is what I need to get away from BMW. 30K for this or 50K for an M235i... I know FWD and all, but... ugh. This is gorgeous.
        • 1 Year Ago
        m235 will be closer to 40k than 50k
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          Comfortably optioned, I'm willing to bet an M235i is in the high 40's. Loving the look of the new 2, but I'm skeptical about BMW keeping the pricing in check.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it's anywhere close to this...I'm trading in my current MS3. This is beautiful.
      Peter DePriest
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now that is a sexy hatch. Imagine those looks with 300 hp and awd, that would be a hell of a car
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      \"DISI 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder that\'s currently used, producing 263 horsepower, but Mazda could certainly be developing something new. A turbo-four setup is a given, and power will likely fall closer to 275 hp for the new car. Bring it on.\" Bring it on is right. This is a home run for Mazda if the speed gets into production with the new model
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shut up. Take my money. TAKE IT.
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      Tamoor Chaudhry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ahh man this looks good. Should be really fun to drive.
      Larry Roloston
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man Mazda is really stepping their game up!
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