Focus group guy describes next gen Mazda 3

Slow news Friday always gets us to dig a little deeper to find interesting material on which to post, which led us today to the forum where we found a detailed description of the next generation Mazda 3. Forum member xander80 is a focus group junkie, and he's attended two for the next generation Mazda 3 already. The first one included various competitors of the Mazda 3, the current model and two prototypes. The second focus group he just attended, however, only had one of the prototypes, which indicates that Mazda has likely narrowed down candidates for the next gen 3 to this model. xander80 describes what he saw in detail, highlights of which include a longer wheelbase and length, Lexus IS-shaped LED taillights, a pointed trunk lid, and a "baby" RX-8 front end with bulging wheel arches over the front wheels and no grille. Fellow forum member 6speed whipped up the above rendering based on the description. While nothing close to the car we're imagining in our heads right now, other forum members have vowed to produce photochops based on the description, as well. Let us know when they're up guys and we'll host them here.

Read the full description in xander80's words after the jump...


"The doors looked indentical to the current car, but upon closer insection were in fact different, incorporating all new sheetmetal. Overall size grew at least a couple inches in wheelbase and length. The silhouette and proportions were the same as the current car, with the rear trunk-lid coming to a point in the center and Lexus IS shaped taillights, using what appeared to be strips of LED's. The front of the car what the real head turner, looking like a baby RX-8, with bulging arches over the wheel wells and NO GRILLE, only a large air intake in the bumper with smaller corner ones that could be used to house fog lights. The headlights were a little larger than the ones on the current 3, same idea but were pulled/stretched up the hood. Overall, the car looked awesome, more sophisticated and a bit more grown up."

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