Mazda will launch the new five-door version of its 3 family hatch at the Bologna motor show, the company has announced.
Tha launch is just weeks after the four-door saloon version made its debut in Los Angeles.
The Mazda 3 - which shares underpinnings with its key rival, the Ford Focus - is meant to offer a 'sportier' drive than the outgoing model.
Autocar has already driven a prototype model, and can report that it's a nimbler driving hatchback than even the latest Focus.
Powerplant options will include Mazda's newly developed 2.2-litre diesel engine, offered in either 148bhp or 183bhp state of tune.
Mazda claims this diesel powerplant will offer better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions than the current 2.0-litre diesel, although no official figures have been released yet.
The new 2.2-litre diesel will sit alongside the smaller 1.6-litre diesel from the outgoing car.
Revised versions of the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol motors will also be available and will now use an ultra-modern method of catalyst construction that helps Mazda reduce its use of scarce resources like platinum and palladium.