Report

2014 Mazda3 to shed hundreds of pounds; diesel, Mazdaspeed variants possible

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv front 3/4 view

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv rear 3/4 view

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv rear 3/4 view

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv front ivew

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv front detail

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv grille

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv headlight detail

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv wheel

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv side mirror

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv taillight

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv badge

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv badge

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv engine

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv engine

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv interior

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv interior

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv front seats

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv steering wheel controls

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv tachometer

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv audio system display

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv instrument panel

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv climate controls

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv shifter

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv traction settings

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv door

  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
  • 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv trunk

According to Car and Driver, the next-generation Mazda3 is set to undergo an extensive overhaul, similar to what the Japanese automaker has done with its larger Mazda6 sedan.

On the powertrain front, expect the still-new 155-horsepower 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder to carry over. But since the next Mazda3 will likely shed hundreds of pounds thanks to the company's lighter Skyactiv-tuned platform (a good chunk of which will be shared with the CX-5), the 2.0-liter engine should return improved fuel economy and performance since there won't be so much heft to cart around. Currently, the 2.0-liter Mazda3 returns up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

C/D also states that a diesel-powered version of the compact Mazda3 is under consideration, as is a new version of the turbocharged Mazdaspeed3.

Visually, expect the new Mazda3 to receive the full brunt of the automaker's new Kodo styling language. That isn't a bad thing, though – both the new CX-5 and Mazda6 are handsome vehicles, and we think the aggressive headlamps and upright grille will translate nicely to the smaller package. C/D has worked up a rendering of what the Mazda3 could look like in hatchback form with the new styling direction, so head over there to check it out.

Mazda Mazda3 Information

Mazda Mazda3

Share This Photo X