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New Mazda3 Spied On The Road Weeks Before Big Debut [UPDATE]

motor1 logo motor1 11/15/2018 Chris Bruce
a car parked on the side of a road: 2020 Mazda3 spy photo

The new Mazda Mazda3 is nearing a debut in just a couple weeks at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but here are some spy shots of the sleek new hatchback to whet your appetite until we can see the real thing. There's even a look inside.

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The new Mazda3 takes significant cues from the Kai Concept (gallery below). They share a downward sloping nose, although the production model seems to accentuate this slant even more. Sharp corners for the headlights give the front a pointy look, and there's quite a large grille. The roof has a gentle arch that incorporates into the tail, and these photos show that a large part of the hatch opens for access to the cargo area. In silhouette, the vehicle is quite sleek.

a car parked on the side of a building: Mazda Kai Concept© Provided by The Motorsport Network Mazda Kai Concept

Inside, Mazda opts for minimalism. There's a simple three-pod instrument layout. The infotainment screen perches on top of the dashboard, and a photo here shows that it has touchscreen controls. Below the display, the designers mount a few other controls but appear to leave things largely unadorned.

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The new Mazda3 will be the company's first vehicle with its Skyactiv-X engine. The powerplant can use compression ignition similar to a diesel for igniting the fuel-air mixture without a spark plug. The incredibly high compression ratios that are necessary to make this happen results in better fuel economy and emissions. The company isn't discussing the engine's output, but previous statements indicate the 2.0-liter supercharged four-cylinder makes around 187 horsepower (139 kilowatts) and 169 pound-feet (230 Newton-meters) of torque. Fuel economy is allegedly about 36 miles per gallon city and 48 mpg highway. This engine family would eventually arrive in other Mazda models.

Source: Carpix, Automedia

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