When Mazda will unveil the new Mazda3 in 2009 it will debut with a new smart new face and sleek body that should turn heads. It will come as an answer to the Honda Civic and the new Ford Focus. It will be inspired by the new Mazda6, but it will also integrate design elements from the 2018 design concept.
At the front, sleek headlights are mixed with deep air intakes and a low splitter. In profile, there’s the trademark angled C-pillar, but it’s joined by a waistline that kicks up over the back door. Together with a chunky rear bumper and a steeply angled tailgate, this creates an aggressive look. Inside, the Mazda has new, improved materials and a dashboard that copies its counterpart in the 6, complete with steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and ventilation systems.
Under the bonnet there will be the same engine line-up as in the current model. In 2010 Mazda will add a range-topping 250bhp MPS, with a new 2.5-liter petrol taken from the 6.