Thanks to our ever-industrious readers, we've received a number of tips today about the as-yet-unseen sedan variant of the 2014 Mazda3. All center on the image above, which is claimed to be a leaked first look at the new compact. It certainly looks convincing enough, with its short rear deck, graceful almond-shaped taillamps, nicely sculpted bumper fascia and somewhat tacked-on rear spoiler, suggesting the pictured car is an uplevel model. We think it looks great, but if it's the real deal, we have to wonder how large the trunk opening will be.

We decided to reach out to our sources at Mazda, who expressed some doubt as to its authenticity, with one official commenting that based on this individual image, "[It's] hard to tell if it's real, or someone guessed what it'll look like by grafting a Mazda3 badge onto a Mazda6 tail." We won't have to wait long to figure out for sure, however – the sedan reveal is promised in a few weeks' time.

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      It's as good as a real thing. This looks like a legitimate CG work of a CAD model done by RTT! (Mazda's CG partner/vendor)
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      Looks great either way. Style wise, this blows all the other small sedans into the weeds. If the driving dynamics are up to typical Mazda excellence, they have a winner.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shouldn't be categorized as spy shot. More like a leak.
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      An "official" couldn't tell which car it was? So was he confirming he doesn't know what he is talking about, or that the 3 & 6 look identical? Or was this "official" a porter at a local dealership?
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks wildly accurate when you consider the current lineup. I maintain the new lineup is pretty and sleek, but it continues to lose its testosterone appeal.
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        lol... Yeah I didn't expect to be agreed with.
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      Looks legit, but what do I know?
      joe shmoe
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      Mazda's own officials don't even know their own cars. "Grafting a mazda3 badge onto a Mazda6 butt" ??? That butt looks nothing like the mazda6's.
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      It's going to pale in comparison to the hatch.
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      If this is in fact the sedan... meh. The hatch is much better looking. And hatches make more sense for the C segment anyways.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a Photoshop to me. The plate, Mazda emblem, and the Mazda3 badge look fishy...
      • 2 Years Ago
      And the original source? aka me...?
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