2019 Mazda 3 (Gen 4)

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New Mazda3 incoming! Teaser video provides first glimpse

Mazda has confirmed the new Mazda3 will be revealed at some point in November 2018, releasing a short teaser video giving us our first glimpse of the next-generation version of the hatchback.

It thus seems likely the fourth-generation Mazda3 will enjoy its debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 15-second teaser video (captioned: “A new era begins”) provides us with our first look at the hatch’s sloping roofline, slim wraparound taillamps and C-pillar treatment. The camera also runs along the new model’s flank, showing the door-mounted side-mirror and the chrome-trimmed exterior handles.

Back in October 2017, of course, the Japanese brand revealed its Kai concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, previewing this next-generation Mazda3 hatchback.

Like that five-door show car, the new Mazda3 is expected to be offered with the automaker’s new Skyactiv-X engine, which is set to become the world’s first commercial petrol mill to use compression ignition.

No word yet on when the sedan body style is expected to debut…

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-mazda3-incoming-teaser-video-provides-first-glimpse/

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Teaser video shows new Mazda3 will resemble concept

The next-generation Mazda3 is set to be unveiled in November and a brief teaser video released by the Japanese carmaker shows that its styling will remain faithful to last year’s Kai concept.

Of interest here is the hatchback’s sporty C-pillar, which is shown quite clearly in the video.

Recent patent sketch leaks of the sedan model show that the front end and interior also remain relatively faithful to the basic design of the Kai concept.

Although not officially confirmed, the engine range is likely to be headlined by Mazda’s ground-breaking new Skyactiv-X petrol engine, which will be the world’s first series-produced petrol engine to use diesel-like compression ignition.

You can also expect more sophisticated road manners thanks to a new version of the company’s ‘Skyactiv’ vehicle architecture, announced with the Kai concept last year. and promising a “considerably quieter and more comfortable ride”. Watch this space.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/teaser-video-shows-new-mazda3-will-resemble-concept-17524396
 

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New Mazda3 teased again: hatch and sedan to debut in LA

Mazda has released a fresh teaser image giving us another glimpse of its new Mazda3, confirming the next-generation versions of the hatchback and sedan will debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show at the end of November.

The Japanese brand says its new Mazda3 marks the beginning of a “whole new generation” of cars.

In mid-October 2018, the automaker released a 15-second teaser video showing us elements of the fourth-generation Mazda3.

Mazda says the new model will adopt a “richer interpretation” of the brand’s so-called Kodo design language, while also claiming the “fundamental performance attributes” of the car have been “raised to a new level”.

The new Mazda3 will run on the next generation of the automaker’s SkyActiv platform and be powered by the “latest SkyActiv engines” offering what Mazda describes as “responsive control of vehicle speed in any driving situation”.

Whether the new Skyactiv-X engine, which is set to become the world’s first commercial petrol mill to use compression ignition, will be offered remains to be seen.

Back in October 2017, the Japanese brand revealed its Kai concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, essentially previewing this next-generation Mazda3 hatchback.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-mazda3-teased-again-hatch-and-sedan-to-debut-in-la/

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New Mazda 3 confirmed for LA motor show debut

Mazda's fourth-generation Ford Focus rival will be shown in production form later this month

Mazda has confirmed that it will unveil its all-new 3 hatchback and saloon at this year's Los Angeles motor show.

We've yet to see any spy shots of prototypes testing, but Mazda has released a darkened image showing the rear ends of both bodystyles. While it doesn't tell us an awful lot, it's clear that the Seat Leon rival takes inspiration from the Kai concept (below) that was first displayed at the 2017 Tokyo motor show.

Details are scarce, but the Japanese brand claims the new car features a "richer interpretation of Mazda's Kodo design philosophy". Expect to see a family resemblance between the 3 and the latest CX-5 SUV.

The hatchback features Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X vehicle architecture, specially developed to house the brand's new compression-ignition petrol engine, which, the firm says, offers the fuel efficiency of a diesel. Mazda claims "fundamental performance attributes have been raised to a new level".

This new architecture also intended to improve driving dynamics, refinement and comfort.

Confirming that the all-new 3 will keep its hatchback bodystyle, the Kai concept also hinted that Mazda's next generation of vehicle design will adopt styling cues from past concepts – most notably, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso-like twin-circle tail-lights, sunken back into the bodywork and split horizontally by a chrome strip.

The design of the concept – something of a focus for Mazda, despite the Kai appearing at Tokyo alongside the Vision Coupé concept – is pared back and as simple as possible, the brand claims. The 20in wheels will almost certainly be scaled down for the production car, though.

At 4420mm long, 1855mm wide and 1375mm tall, it's slightly longer, wider and lower than the current Mazda 3. Its wheelbase is also 50mm longer. Pushing the wheels further towards the corners like this should increase interior space and improve handling.

It's a four-seater, but this will grow to five seats when the production car arrives in the next two years. What won't change, though, is the front-engine, front-wheel-drive set-up of the concept.

Mazda says the Kai, which translates as ‘the pioneer’, showcases the next generation of its Kodo design language and features its "ideal" hatchback proportions.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-tokyo-motor-show/new-mazda-3-confirmed-la-motor-show-debut
 

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New Mazda 3 spied for first time ahead of LA show debut

First spyshots of disguised prototype show Kai concept-inspired styling for hatch ahead of full unveil in Los Angeles

Mazda will be pulling the covers off its new 3 hatchback and Fastback saloon at the upcoming Los Angeles motor show, but long-awaited spyshots have given us an early glimpse.

It's the first time we've seen prototypes of the Ford Focus rival testing in any form, so Mazda has been adept at keeping it away from prying eyes. The hatchback is disguised in the usual wrapping but the body shape can be clearly seen, showing a design inspired heavily by the Kai concept from the 2017 Tokyo motor show.

The gaping front grille shows a family resemblance between the 3 and the latest CX-5, while thin, stretched headlamps, a long bonnet and curvy profile stay loyal to the concept. At the rear the narrow glasshouse, sloping roofline and steeply raked windowline give it a coupe-like look, and the squat, purposeful stance again isn't dissimilar to the Kai.

The 3 features Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X vehicle architecture, specially developed to house the brand's new compression-ignition petrol engine, which, the firm says, offers the fuel efficiency of a diesel without turbocharging. Mazda claims "fundamental performance attributes have been raised to a new level".

This new architecture is also intended to improve driving dynamics, refinement and comfort.

Confirming that the all-new 3 will keep its hatchback bodystyle, the Kai concept also hinted that Mazda's next generation of vehicle design will adopt styling cues from past concepts – most notably, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso-like twin-circle tail-lights, sunken back into the bodywork and split horizontally by a chrome strip.

At 4420mm long, 1855mm wide and 1375mm tall, the Kai concept is slightly longer, wider and lower than the current Mazda 3. Its wheelbase is also 50mm longer. Pushing the wheels further towards the corners like this should increase interior space and improve stability on the road.

It's a four-seater, but this will grow to five seats when the production car arrives in the next two years. What won't change, though, is the front-engine, front-wheel-drive set-up.

It's not clear yet if Mazda intends to offer a diesel engine alongside the compression ignition petrol units, but further details are imminent as the car's official unveiling is just a couple of weeks away.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-tokyo-motor-show/new-mazda-3-spied-first-time-ahead-la-show-debut

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Mazda 3

Introduced in 2010 and making its production model debut with the launch of the CX-5 and the Mazda6 in 2012, Mazda's Kodo-Soul of Motion design has been a driving force in enhancing the brand's global value. Mazda now takes it to higher levels of depth and sophistication as it enters a new stage that raises car design to the level of fine art.

The goal for this new evolution of Kodo design is to express a new form of elegance inspired by Japanese aesthetics. The first cars to embody Mazda's new design languagewerethe RX-Vision concept model shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and the Vision Coupe concept model exhibited at the 2017 show. Elements finely honed to create clean, beautiful designs combine with a delicate play of light and reflections to realize elegant and sophisticated styling with a natural, dynamic feel.

The new Mazda3 is the first production model to adopt this evolved version of Kodo design. While featuring an extremely simple "single motion" to its overall form, the way light and shadows shift and reflections move over the body gives birth to a highly vital and dramatic expression that goes beyond previous iterations of the design language. Another goal in styling the new Mazda3 was to give the hatchback its own more emotional design, while the sedan aims to present more elegant proportions. Despite sharing the same Mazda3 model name, the two forms represent entirely different personalities.

https://www.netcarshow.com/mazda/2019-3/

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2019 Mazda 3 introduces innovative compression-ignition petrol engine

Fourth-generation Mazda 3 also receives revised architecture and new design language

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The new Mazda 3 will be the first model to receive the brand’s innovative Skyactiv-X engine, a spark plug-controlled compression ignition petrol unit that promises dramatically improved efficiency over a standard petrol engine.

The fourth-generation car, unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show and expected in both hatchback and fastback form in the UK, uses the Japanese car maker’s new design language seen on the Vision Coupé concept shown last year.

It also introduces Mazda's new Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture, an umbrella term for a number of new structures including seats that maintain the natural curve of the spine and a ring-structure bodyshell that increases rigidity, reduces transmission lag and improves noise, vibration and harshness levels.

All of these features form part of Mazda Premium, a goal by the firm to position itself more in line with traditional premium car brands.

The new Skyactiv-X engine is the most marked feature of the new 3, given that it has the potential to breathe new life into petrol power amid stricter emissions and efficiency targets.

Mazda is yet to release power or efficiency figures for the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-X engine, but it earlier this year told Autocar that a 30% reduction in fuel consumption was possible during low-speed driving. The company also claimed 20% was possible in average real-world driving scenarios.

Alongside better efficiency, the engine also promises “superior initial response, powerful torque, faithful linear response and free-revving performance,” says Mazda.

The engine is assisted by a new 24-volt mild-hybrid system, in which an electric motor assists the engine. This is also the case with the two traditional Skyactiv-G engines in the line-up, which are 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol units. A 1.8-litre Skyactiv-D diesel completes the range.

The latest version of Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system, which is not yet confirmed for the UK, works with the car’s torque vectoring to control torque distribution between the front and rear wheels. This makes the car respond better to driver input than previously, according to Mazda.

Inside the new 3, Mazda said it has focused on ergonomics and ensuring a good driving position and visibility.

The infotainment system, including an 8.8in screen, has been redesigned to be more intuitive to use, while speakers have been positioned, following research, to ensure excellent sound quality.

Safety systems include a driver monitoring system that uses an infrared camera and LED to observe the driver and sounds an alert if the system considers the situation is dangerous.

The new 3 is set to go on sale in spring, with prices starting from approximately £21,100 – a premium of around £1750 over the starting price of the outgoing model.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-la-motor-show/2019-mazda-3-introduces-innovative-compression-ignition-petrol
 

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New Mazda3: fourth-generation hatch and sedan revealed!

After a handful of teasers, the covers have been whipped off both the hatchback and sedan versions of the new Mazda3 ahead of their official premieres at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Japanese automaker says the “fully redesigned” fourth-generation models will be rolled out to global markets in “early 2019”.

Running on the latest version of the brand’s Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, the new Mazda3’s powertrain line-up will include Skyactiv-G petrol engines, Skyactiv-D diesel units and also the new Skyactiv-X powerplant, which becomes the world’s first commercial petrol mill to use compression ignition.

Petrol engines will again include (depending on market, of course) 1,5-, 2,0- and 2,5-litre units, while the oil-burning example is a 1,8-litre mill. Transmission options will include a six-speed manual gearbox and an automatic cog-swapper with the same number of gears.

Mazda says its new models have adopted a more “mature” version of the so-called Kodo design language. Interestingly, the firm says the five-door hatchback and four-door sedan models have “distinct personalities”, with the design of the former described as “dynamic” and that of the latter as “elegant”.

While both body styles feature a wheelbase of 2 725 mm, the hatchback measures 4 459 mm long, 1 797 mm wide and 1 440 mm tall. The sedan, meanwhile, is 4 662 mm nose to tail, and some five millimetres taller than the hatch (and the same width).

“The all-new Mazda3 we unveil today begins a new era for Mazda,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s representative director, president and CEO.

“The next generation of Mazda cars will enhance the value of the car-ownership experience. Through these products, we will further raise Mazda’s brand value and work towards our goal of building ever stronger bonds with customers all over the world.”

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-mazda3-fourth-generation-hatch-sedan-revealed/

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The Sedan looks better than the hatch, The hatch's C-pillar is humongous
I hope when they arrive in SA the lower models get a slight tyre size increase.
 
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