If we judge by your comments on our recent announcement post about the new Mazad3, you Autoblog readers approve, pretty wholeheartedly, about the redesign efforts happening over at Mazda. Pressed for an opinion, we'd be forced to admit that we find the new 3 quite fetching our own selves.

To add fuel to the fast-burning fire then, Mazda has gone ahead and dropped a 15-second pseudo commercial on YouTube, showing a very rendered Mazda3 in a very rendered driving environment. The short spot is really just slightly more dynamic than the images of the car, but there is a spot of mystery to it, as well.

Right at the start of the video, an interior shot of the car shows a transparent display screen of some kind, rising from the top of the 3's dash. An interesting choice, considering Mazda has bestowed an actual center-mounted display in on the hatchback's dash-top – albeit one that doesn't look like a clear piece of glass. Take a look below, and while you're there, check out a just-released official video of the Mazda3's reveal in New York.






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      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see Lexus meets Audi in this... and it's not even a premium brand. Bravo.
        360_AD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr Sled
        That is almost exactly their intention and where the brand is headed.
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @360_AD
          I don't think you would get the same response if KIA or Hyundai did it
      pickles
      • 1 Year Ago
      The design manages to make swoopy bodywork that brands like MB and BMW flunk on every time-- look totally timeless, rich and fantastic. Mazda has nailed the 3. I sincerely hope it comes with a spare tire because we'll be cross shopping it against the BMW X1. Seems like an odd competition but in almost every way, I want the Mazda better. Far better looking, vastly better mpg, regular gas vs. premium, obviously cheaper, less pretentious, loaded with features but I'm addicted to simpler BMWs that offer that Teutonic, RWD handling. That said, I've never had a flat tire for which I wasn't grateful for a spare- which you cannot get on an X1. Mazda just may win this to replace our 3-series wagon.
        tagberto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pickles
        Have you driven the 2014 CX-5? Pretty nimble for a CUV. Seems like that might be a closer comparison to the X1.
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the new 6 and 3 Mazda shows it is possible to of design fwd cars with a nice long hood and good proportions.
      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of looks like a Ferrari FF from that angle in the screenshot. Me gusta.
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      A head-up display. Nice. This is probably cheaper than designing the windscreen to accomodate a HUD. The rest of the car looks pretty good too. OK, I'm interested.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        It's also much cheaper to fix in case of an accident.
      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was that a pop-up HUD panel instead of using the windshield? Pretty cool! How many more years before we finally do away with traditional gauge clusters and have full-time, fully-featured HUD's instead?
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks fantastic. This new design-language stands from the crowd and I'm glad. The new V40 and Mazda3...too hot to resist.
      RA
      • 1 Year Ago
      want it!!
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its such a lovely car. I've got the last model, and im due an upgrade but the company wouldn't let me get the new 6. I've had to plump for a 1.6 diesel VW Golf which is nice enough but not in the same league as the new 6 imo. Seen a few on the streets, saloon and estate, they look fantastic and if it was styling from Merc or Bmw you'd easily be looking at 40k plus. If they drive like the last one, i wholly recommend getting one or atleast trying it for the weekend. Mines a 2l Petrol and is a bloody hoot to drive.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having owned both, I think the first gen car was better then the second. Glad to see it moving in the right direction again. I am all Mazdaspeed out though. Can I get a new RX-7 please?
      John McCormack
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope Mazda improved the seats. My '07 3i Touring seats didn't last long, but I'm limping along with them until the new 3 sedan comes my way. And please, Mazda, offer some color of interior besides the black one.
      Cameron Penny
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "transparent display screen" does exist - look here http://www.worldcarfans.com/113062659308/2014-mazda3-fully-leaked/highphotos#9
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