Russian spy shot reveals next-gen Mazda 3 hatchback's styling

The next-generation Mazda 3 has been spotted undisguised during testing in Russia. The image, which appeared on auto.ru, reputedly surfaced originally on Facebook. 

Previously, pictures of the all-new Mazda 3 hatchback had been spotted in print, ahead of the car's official reveal.

The images revealed that the car had adopted the styling of the new Mazda 6 and CX-5. According to the source, AutoTribute, the pictures appeared in a Japanese magazine.

Mazda declined to comment regarding the images. Previously, only camouflaged spy shots and concept sketches of the next-gen Mazda 3 had been seen. 

It's expected that the new Mazda 3 hatchback, which will use a scaled-down version of the SkyActiv platform found in the CX-5 and 6, will weigh 100kg less than the model it replaces.

The engine lineup will most likely consist of SkyActiv 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel units, much like the more recent model ranges.

A new downsized 1.6-litre SkyActiv diesel is tipped to be available as well, offering a direct rival to the small diesels offered by Ford, Volkswagen and Vauxhall.

The new Mazda 3 is expected to arrive at some point between later this year and early 2014, with a preview possible at this year's Frankfurt motor show.

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4 June 2013

A scaled down Mazda6 with the same engines? ... Relish the thought!!

4 June 2013

Mazda played bold with the SkyActive technology - cleaning up the petrol and diesel powertrains - instead of resorting to the heavy and expensive hybrid technology. Yet.

In future when emissions targets get tighter they will have to. For time being their strategy seems to be working. CX-5 and 6 are two impressive Mazdas in tech as well as looks.

I would like to know how the 3 MPS is developing?

4 June 2013

Hope Mazda can do an estate version: would be an appealing alternative to the upcoming Civic estate.

4 June 2013

My son and daughter-in-law have a Mazda 5, and there are delighted with it, especially the manual transmission. What a wonderful liitle wagon/CV/Mini-SUV - whatever you wish to call it.

They have become converts to Mazda.  Hopefully this new Mazda 3 will have even better acceptance. Remember: that company was born in Hiroshima and survived a terrible bomb in 1945...

Go Mazda!

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4 June 2013

The front is very aggressive while the back is bland and ugly.

5 June 2013

Looks good.

A34

20 June 2013

Sounds like a recipe for success. Looks slightly bigger than a Focus/Leon/Golf/Astra, without going to Mondeo-class like the Octavia, while a bit higher like the Quasqai/whatever. Assuming good engines, should be a contender. 

21 June 2013

I hope there will be a Mazdaspeed version of this.

23 June 2013

So it's no longer based on the Focus? Looks a bit Imprezza at the back, but a stylish and welcome addition to the segment. 

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