Images of the forthcoming Mazda 3 saloon have leaked onto the internet

The Mazda 3 saloon has broken cover in leaked images, one week after the official unveiling of the hatchback version.

Images of the Mazda 3 saloon first leaked on a Russian car website. Although official details are scant, the saloon's exterior styling closely follows the 'Kodo – Soul of Motion' cues laid down by its hatchback sibling, as well as the CX-5 SUV and Mazda 6 saloon before it.

Centred on the bold 'wing' grille, this feature feeds into a rolling belt line that dips and rises before blending into the boot. 

It seems likely that the booted version of the Mazda 3 will adopt the Japanese manufacturer’s latest SkyActiv engine, chassis and powertrain technology. Mazda has worked hard to ensure its new C-segment model offers class-leading interior space and clever packaging.

It's already been confirmed that the hatch will come equipped with three petrol engines – a 1.5-litre and a 2.0-litre in two states of tune – and a 2.2-litre diesel, and the saloon is likely to also feature these powerplants.

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It remains to be seen whether the Mazda 3 saloon will go on sale in Britain. Although C-segment small saloons are popular in other territories, they remain a niche choice in the UK and the second-generation 3 is currently not offered as a four-door.

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4 July 2013

But the rear overhang looks a bit short. Part of the reason for buying a saloon is for the boot area behind the rear wheels, which extends the full width of the car. Very hard to put golf clubs across the boot of a hatchback. 

4 July 2013

I like the look of this saloon version of the New 2014 Mazda 3, albeit sales of medium (non-premium) saloon cars in the UK tend to sell in handfuls only, i'm sure it'll prove popular in the BRIC group of nations.

It has a last generation IS Saloon appearance at the rear, which is a positive view, as the rear styling on that car was also attractive.

What about an MPS version, with approximately 260-280ps, to go up against the CLA Mercedes? The slightly awkward looks of the CLA which has a slightly hunched apperance (problem with sharing the 'hard points' with the A-Class Hatch), and doesn't look as cohesive in its design as the 3 saloon (IMHO), and at a competitive price point £22-25k, i'd buy one anyday over a CLA (or a Jetta, an MG6, a Kizashi, an S40 et al).

4 July 2013

I've seen current models of the 3 as a saloon.

Though they may be grey imports from the RoI.

I think the saloon looks more resolved than the hatch.

Since the Focus, hatchbacks from all manufacturers have started to have that tortoise / tail-less dog look.

4 July 2013

As an ex-Mazda employee, the current 3 was launched with a saloon varient in 1.6 TS and TS2 spec, a 2.0 Sport Petrol and a 2.2 185ps Sport Diesel. About 2yrs in from launch, the 4dr range was dropped due to low sales against the 5dr hatch. Not sure if it carried on in other makets still, but that's the UK story.

4 July 2013

What has BMW started.....?

Peter Cavellini.

4 July 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

What has BMW started.....?

......probably regretting investing in electric cars (i3) which aren't going to sell in enough numbers to justify investment, will do little to lower BMW Group's CO2 emmissions if it sells in 'Renault-esque volumes', and will be a tough sell at £30k+ (before Government Grant is applied - £5,000 currently).

I've experience selling the i-MiEv for Mitsubishi, which at £28,990.00 before grant, is a difficult car to sell. Funnily enough, all of my sales were leases................

4 July 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

What has BMW started.....?

What is it with you and BMW? This is a Mazda FFS.

4 July 2013

Winston Churchill@

Like Jaguar with there idea of a 3 series sized car, this Mazda has styling cues which remind you of a 3 series........?!

Peter Cavellini.

4 July 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

this Mazda has styling cues which remind you of a 3 series........?!

No, not really. This Mazda looks much better than the 3-Series for a start. I don't see any similarities apart from that they are both saloons.

4 July 2013

Both variants look good, though I wager we will never see the saloon ...

Interior looks classy too ...

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