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Teased Again, LA Auto Show World Debut Confirmed







When Mazda released the first teaser video of the all-new Mazda3 last month, it said that the debut will take place in November.

Now we know exactly when that will happen, as the Japanese carmaker has confirmed the Los Angeles Auto Show (November 30-December 9) as the venue for the world debut of its new compact models.
We use the plural because, as you can see in the teaser photo released with the announcement, the 2019 Mazda3 will debut simultaneously as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback.

The automaker says the 2019 model marks the beginning of a whole new generation of Mazda cars “that will deliver new dimensions of driving joy to customers around the world.”
The fourth-generation Mazda3 will use the new SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture which is said to be stronger and provide better ride quality. Mazda says the new platform “enables people to make the most of their natural sense of balance,” suggesting intuitive handling characteristics.

The new model will also pack the latest SkyActiv engines. Mazda doesn’t get into details, but says the new powertrains “offer responsive control of vehicle speed in any driving situation.”
We do know that one of the new power plants will be the SkyActiv-X gasoline engine featuring Spark Controlled Compression Ignition. The 2.0-liter unit is expected to deliver around 190 horsepower and 170 lb-ft (230Nm) of peak torque.

Styling-wise, the all-new Mazda3 adopts “a richer interpretation” of the carmaker’s Kodo design philosophy.
The teaser photo partially reveals that the hatchback will be the more emotional model, adopting design cues from last year’s Kai Concept. As for the sedan, it appears to go for a more traditional design, allowing Mazda to shoot two birds with one stone.
The official drawings we brought you last month revealed that the interior will carry influences from the Kai study as well. Expect the all-new Mazda3 to go on sale globally in the first half of 2019.
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All-New 2019 Mazda3 Looks Sleek Inside And Out In Best Photos Yet









Ladies and gentlemen, these are the very first spy shots of the upcoming 2019 Mazda3 hatchback.
Scheduled to debut later this month at the LA Auto Show both in hatchback and sedan body styles, Mazda’s all-new compact model looks promising in these first spy shots.
Our photographers spotted a fully-camouflaged prototype in Europe during testing and even got a peek at its interior. Fortunately, Mazda didn’t bother disguising the cabin that much.
As you can see in our gallery, engineers tested the all-new Mazda3 alongside a VW Golf and Audi A3. Furthermore, a current Mazda3 was also part of the test group.

The design may be a bit toned down compared to the Mazda Kai Concept…

Both the bodywork and the cabin reveal clear influences from the Kai Concept, although the 2019 Mazda3 obviously looks a bit toned down in comparison.
The new Japanese compact hatchback displays harmonious proportions and striking details. Those include the sharp headlights and taillights, the gaping grille, as well as the dynamic treatment of the C-pillar. All of the above are influences from the Kai Concept.

Inside, the dashboard is also reminiscent of said study, adopting a similar layout with as few buttons as possible. As with the concept, the instrument panel features three round gauges and the steering wheel has three spokes. The big difference compared to the concept is the addition of a floating central touchscreen that breaks the continuity of the dashboard but is a “necessary evil.”
The prototype seems to be a well-equipped model that features red leather upholstery, leather-wrapped dashboard with contrast stitching, and polished-aluminum trim, among other materials.

… but the technology certainly isn’t

The all-new Mazda3 will be the first production vehicle to use the automaker’s SkyActiv Vehicle Architecture. The new platform is expected to bring improved refinement, a lower seating position, and better handling.

But its main contribution will be the radical new engine technology called SkyActiv-X that features Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI). The 2019 Mazda3 will feature a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-X gasoline engine that promises to combine diesel-like fuel economy with the performance typical of a petrol unit.
The SkyActiv-X engine will deliver 190 PS (187 hp) and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque, but Mazda will also offer two cheaper and smaller gasoline and diesel units carried over from the outgoing model.
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2019 Mazda3 Sedan Spotted Undisguised At Factory Lot?




Mazda has confirmed that its all-new 2019 Mazda3 model will make its global debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, as both a 5-door hatchback as well as a four-door sedan.

We’ve known this ever since the Japanese automaker released a teaser image depicting both versions of the car, although we suspect the sedan version was computer generated, seen as how it didn’t feature a rear quarter window, something you’d expect to see on any four-door model.
Looking sleeker than ever
The fourth-generation Mazda3 is underpinned by the brand’s new SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture, which should prove stronger while providing the car with better ride quality. This is something sedan buyers will surely appreciate – just as they would a sporty and/or elegant exterior aesthetic.

Since the hatchback’s design is heavily influenced by that of the Kai Concept, we expect the sedan to feature those very same influences, albeit with a completely different rear end design. Judging by these new images (see the white model), it looks more similar to that of the Mercedes CLS rather than any past Mazda3. Also, the taillights look very sleek and angular, while the trunk lid follows the lines of the rear window, as it does on most four-door coupes.
To put it plainly, this is definitely not what we expected from Mazda, especially after seeing those recent official drawings of the Mazda3 sedan. At least however they confirm the presence of the rear quarter window.

Fresh new tech
The 2019 Mazda3 will boast new engine technology dubbed SkyActiv-X, featuring Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI). According to the automaker, this should result in a 2.0-liter SkyActiv-X gasoline engine offering diesel-like combined fuel economy. While this particular unit will be good for 190 PS (187 HP) and 230 Nm (170 lb-ft) of torque, Mazda will also offer smaller gasoline and diesel engines.
As for the interior, expect to see plenty of 2018-worthy onboard tech, to go with that Kai Concept-like dashboard design which has already been scooped on the 5-door hatchback model.
In the end, while we can’t be 100% sure that this mysterious white sedan is the all-new Mazda3, by simple deduction we have pretty much ruled out any other suspects.
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The 2019 Mazda 3 Looks Incredibly Good





The new, 2019 Mazda 3 isn’t just another sleek compact car (which we desperately need in today’s market). It also now comes packed with Mazda’s very fancy spark-controlled compression ignition engine, called the Skyactiv-X.
Here’s what we have so far, thanks to another outlet that jumped the embargo gun just a bit and ran the story before it was supposed to go.
What do we know so far? Not a ton, except that as before the car’s expected to come in four- and five-door variants and should be priced to compete against the Honda Civics of the world, albeit with much more attractive looks and (theoretically) better driving dynamics.












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Say Hello To The All-New 2019 Mazda3



New Mazda3 arrives with sleek styling and a revolutionary gasoline engine.
The Mazda3 has a reputation for being affordable, comfortable, and tremendously fun to drive, making it one of our favorite compact sedans we’ve ever had the pleasure of driving. Today marks a new era for the stylish sedan, as the all-new Mazda3 has debuted on the eve of the 2018 LA Auto Show in hatchback and sedan body styles, featuring a fresh new design, a revolutionary gasoline engine, and improved driving dynamics that make it even more fun to drive.












The new Mazda3 is the first production Mazda to adopt a new version of the automaker's Kodo design language. This design language was first previewed by the RX-Vision concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and the Vision Coupe concept showcased at the 2017 show, while the new Mazda3 is heavily inspired by the gorgeous Kai Concept.
Both cars look extremely stylish, thanks to their smooth curves, clean designs, and low-down hood and trunk. Mazda says the goal was to give the Mazda3 hatchback “its own more emotional design”, while the sedan is sleek and elegant. The designs are now so distinctive that both cars could be mistaken for being different models. Further distinguishing the new Mazda3 are new rounded headlights and taillights, and an exclusive Polymetal Gray color for the hatchback.












Inside, the cabin adopts a similarly clean and minimalist design. For example, the climate-control panel and passenger-side louvers are integrated into the left-right axis that follows the line of the instrument panel. Elsewhere, Mazda’s Active Driving Display has been redesigned to present information in a simpler fashion, and a new 8.8-inch center display has been added that requires only the use of the commander control. An eight-speaker audio system is available as standard, or this can be upgraded to a 12-speaker Bose system.
The 2019 Mazda3’s main innovation is the debut of Mazda’s new revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine, which combines the advantages of gasoline and diesel engines. Its innovative Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition system allows drivers to choose gear settings that accentuate performance without sacrificing emissions or fuel economy while delivering quick engine response and a smooth driving experience.







The gasoline line-up comprises of 1.5-, 2.0- and 2.5-liter versions, and there’s also a 1.8-liter diesel version. Performance specifications haven’t been released yet, however. Power is sent to all four wheels via Mazda’s improved i-Activ AWD system that works with G-Vectoring Control Plus to control torque distribution between the front and rear wheels, resulting in sharper handling and improved fuel economy. Like the previous model, buyers can choose from a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The gear shift lever has also been moved forward and positioned higher for easier access.



As standard, the new Mazda3 is equipped with a new knee airbag for the driver’s seat to help reduce leg, chest and abdomen injuries during a crash. Pedestrian safety has been improved too, as the hood also adopts a new energy-absorbing inner structure designed to receive the impact of a pedestrian’s head in the initial impact and then gradually dampen the force to more quickly absorb the impact energy, while the front bumper is designed to support the thigh and shins if contact is made with a pedestrian’s legs.
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The redesigned 2019 Mazda3 moves way upscale

Concept looks, five Skyactiv engines, all-wheel drive highlight compact package



Mazda didn't lie — the 2019 Mazda3 is a gently reworked production version of the Kai concept shown at last year's Tokyo Auto Show. In hatchback and sedan forms, you'll still quickly peg this a Mazda3. The dimensions barely change: The wheelbase grows by an inch, but the hatchback width and length carry over, while height decreases by an inch; the sedan is the same width but 3.2 inches longer and 0.7 inches lower. Nevertheless, the look and details have evolved throughout, yielding a much more potent and piercing hatchback, and a more sophisticated, accomplished sedan.

Instead of using hard shoulder and swage lines to "draw" contour onto a flat profile, Mazda designed a car with contours that create real shoulders and hips. Shedding the illusion of surface depth for reality redefines the look and presence of the Mazda3. The new model erases the hash of lines and embossed panels in back of the current car so that the S-curved hatch has only its shutline for framing. After that, the highlights enhance the theme. On either side of the larger grille, single-lens headlamps get new accents; instead of a just plain silver bar, streaks of amber turn signals decorate the more dimensional units. The contoured taillamp housing holds highly structured, highly embellished twin circles that probably look even more sinister at night. On the sedan, those naughty taillights are surrounded by a refined rear valance with a more angled, muscular lip along the trailing edge.

It's the same inside, a design based on results of Mazda's in-depth studies of human mechanics. The flatter instrument panel stresses clean lines along the horizontal. Trimmer steering wheel spokes with silver buttons line up with the central span across the dash housing the climate control buttons and vents. The new shift panel sits higher and more forward, making it easier for the driver to move a hand from the steering wheel to the lever. To raise perceived luxury, the center tunnel trim is a clear layer laid over a laser-engraved black layer, said to produce a "look of deep transparency," and similar to the effect found on the new BMW X5 and X7. The cupholders are now in front of the shifters, and the armrest is longer. There's no mention of that digital gauge cluster that leaked earlier this year, though.

Buyers who opt for fabric will get a new "Greige" hue, a mix of gray and beige. Mazda designed a new leather grain with creases of varying depths and shapes depending on where it's placed. The hatchback offers an exclusive burgundy leather interior, and a Polymetal Gray exterior paint.

The old 7-inch touchscreen atop the IP becomes an 8.8-inch unit with a new menu system for better control. Speakers were moved to produce better sound from the standard eight-speaker and optional 12-speaker Bose audio systems. Speaking of sound, a new two-wall body structure in the floor of the car and fewer holes in the carpeting, plus better sound absorbtion from the headliner and floor mats, calm ambient intrusions.

Other upgrades include seats contoured to hold the body's "S" shape, and tilting seat cushions as standard equipment. Knee airbags come standard, and optional driver assistance features include front cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic. The driver-side windshield wiper arcs all the way to the thinner A-pillar, and the washer nozzles reside on the wiper arms. An optional driver monitoring feature uses two infrared systems to keep drowsy driving from becoming vehicular homicide. For all who don't like wrenching on their own cars, not only will Mazda Connect provide a digital owner's manual, but warning lights will indicate the priority level of any fault and link directly to the relevant section in the digital owner's manual.

Mazda will offer 1.5-, 2.0-, and 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G gas engines, and the 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D, all with tweaks to improve performance and fuel economy, but it's not clear if the U.S. will get all of them. The fifth option will be the new Skyactiv-X four-cylinder. Yes, a manual transmission stays in the mix. A stiffer body with 10 times more ultra-high-strength steel, and revised suspension improve ride and NVH. The MacPherson strut carries over in front, but some will be disappointed to find that Mazda's eliminated the current rear multilink setup for a torsion beam. Updated tires, the same size as the 16- and 18-inch options currently, provide better damping.

The Japanese carmaker listened to the market, and i-Activ AWD joins the options list, but Mazda didn't say which engines would pair with AWD. The AWD system has been improved with "'four-wheel vertical load' detection," although we're not yet sure how that affects proceedings, and updated brake-based torque vectoring.

Mazda says the 2019 Mazda3 marks the first step in the march toward Mazda Premium. So far, we like it.




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2019 Mazda3 To Offer AWD Option In The United States







When we saw the official photos of the all-new 2019 Mazda3yesterday, there was one image in particular that intrigued us — and our readers.
In it, Mazda showed the i-Activ AWD system but the press release didn’t mention anything about it being available in the United States. So we contacted Mazda USA asking whether AWD will be on the menu for U.S. buyers.
The answer came from Drew Cary, Senior Manager, Brand Communications who plainly told Carscoops via e-mail: “Yep! AWD will be an option.” For now, no further details are available but that’s all we needed to hear.
That’s obviously great news for Mazda enthusiasts and for fans of AWD compact models, especially since the Japanese automaker never offered an AWD Mazda3 in the United States. It did, however, offer an all-wheel-drive system on the Japanese market model, the Axela.

According to Mazda’s press release from yesterday, the i-Activ AWD system adds “four-wheel vertical load” detection and works in harmony with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) to control torque distribution between the front and rear wheels.
As a result, “it is fully capable of responding faithfully to the driver’s intentions, regardless of the driving scene,” reads the press release. The updated i-Activ AWD system is also said to reduce overall mechanical loss by approximately 60 percent over the previous model. Consequently, fuel efficiency stands to gain.
As for the G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) system, it adds direct yaw moment control via the brakes, enabling the car to better handle emergency avoidance maneuvers. Additionally, it offers “more confidence-inspiring controllability in various situations, including lane changes at high speeds and driving on slippery roads.”
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New Mazda3 Won’t Get Performance MPS Variant







From the moment the all-new Mazda3 was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we started to imagine how the car would look in high-performance MPS guise. Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

During an interview with Australia’s Drive publication, Mazda global boss Akira Marumoto said that the hot hatch segment isn’t a high priority for the car manufacturer and that a Mazda3 MPS isn’t on the cards.
“Mazda is a small player and if [you are asking whether] that segment has a high particular priority for Mazda my answer would be no. Therefore we not planning for MPS in the future.”
Rather than chasing sales in the increasingly competitive world of mild and full-blown hot hatches, Marumoto revealed that Mazda instead wants to establish itself as a premium alternative to what the Europeans offer. To do so, the automaker will focus on improving the quality, comfort, and refinement of its models.

While the world won’t enjoy a new Mazda3 MPS, the standard model appears exciting enough to grab the attention of some enthusiasts.
For starters, there is the design. Mazda’s engineers used the breathtaking Kai Concept as inspiration for the new Mazda3 and much to our surprise, didn’t mess with the design too much for the production model. Consequently, the car features a similar pointed front fascia, aggressive lights front and rear, as well as a thick C-pillar and raked rear window.
Excitingly, Mazda recently confirmed to Carscoops that U.S. buyers will have the option of an all-wheel drive system in the hatchback. While it remains unclear which engine, or engines, all-wheel drive will be offered with, we know that the all-wheel drive system will include G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) that controls torque distribution between the front and rear wheels.
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2019 Mazda3 gets only two engines in U.S.; here are details on suspension, AWD

The turbo 2.5 engine fits, though



We learned a lot about the 2019 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan when it made its debut at the L.A. Auto Show. It will still have a manual transmission, it will offer all-wheel drive for the first time, and it's a stunner inside and out. But we still had questions about some of the details, so we spoke with folks from Mazda, including a couple of engineers for details on engines, suspension and drivetrains.

First off, of the five engines announced for the Mazda3, just two of them are slated for the United States. At launch, the Mazda3 will be offered only with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder. It's mechanically pretty much the same as what you'll find in the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6. It even features cylinder deactivation. The only real difference between this engine, its predecessor, and the one in other Mazdas is some minor engine tuning tweaks. Power is almost the same with 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, gains of 2 horsepower and 1 pound-foot. Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg in the city, 36 on the highway, and 30 overall for front-wheel-drive models. We would expect the all-wheel-drive model to have slightly worse fuel economy simply due to extra weight and having to power two extra wheels.

The Skyactiv-X engine will become available later in 2019. It will be rolled out in Europe first, with America coming after. When it does come here, it will be offered in states with stricter emissions regulations before coming to other states.

While we're on the topic of engines, we also probed a bit about the possibility of the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine coming to the Mazda3. We did get the typical response of not being able to comment on future product. However, they did confirm that the turbocharged engine does in fact fit in the new Mazda3, since it and the naturally aspirated engine are very similar, and the naturally aspirated engine still uses an enormous header, meaning turbo plumbing wouldn't be an issue. Everyone we spoke with at Mazda did emphasize that they are listening closely to buyers, which is what led to the turbo engine being offered on the Mazda6 and CX-5, as well as the introduction of all-wheel-drive to the Mazda3. So, if you, like us, want to see the turbo engine added to the Mazda3, let the company know. They might just do it.

Now as for drivetrains, the company is still deciding which trims and which combinations of engines will be offered. Naturally, a manual has been announced, and with the 2.5-liter engine being the standard engine, that will be a combination for sure. The manual does indeed couple with the all-wheel-drive system, so that's a possibility, too. And manual and automatic transmissions work with the Skyactiv-X engine. So all combinations are possible, but Mazda is determining exactly which combinations will be offered.

This all-wheel-drive system we've mentioned is interesting, too. Mazda has engineered it to work in tandem with the G-Vectoring systems. In case you're not familiar or don't remember, G-Vectoring cuts power briefly at turn-in to shift weight forward, increase the contact patch of the front tires, and generally make the car more eager to enter corners. G-Vectoring Plus, which will be on the Mazda3, adds a dab of brakes to the outside front wheel to help the car straighten out more readily on corner exit. What happens with all-wheel-drive, is that the rear axle is decoupled from the engine as the car turns in. The engineers found that the drag from the rear wheels and drivetrain made the car more reluctant to turn. Then, as the car straightens out, power is returned to the rear wheels to again help it on corner exit.

Finally, we come to the rear suspension. We were surprised to see the Mazda3 abandon a multi-link rear suspension in favor of a torsion-beam rear end. Torsion beam suspensions are generally considered less capable and refined since it ties both wheels together. Sometimes it's used because it's cheap to develop, or because it's easy to package. Everyone we spoke to at Mazda said that this design wasn't chosen for those reasons, but rather because they were able to make the car ride and handle better. The company found that the design offered more natural reactions to bumps for the passengers inside, and the company was able to really dial in every single part since it was a simpler suspension with fewer variables to worry about. For example, one of Mazda's engineers mentioned that each side of the multi-link suspension had 10 bushings to mess with, and the torsion-beam setup has just one on each side for the trailing arms.

We'll be able to let you know whether all of this fancy engineering makes the Mazda3 a better car when we get to drive it in person. That won't be very long either, as we'll have an opportunity early next year. So stay tuned for a full review in a few months. And in the meantime, keep telling Mazda to give us the turbo engine!
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The 2019 Mazda 3 Hatch's Rear Visibility Is Precisely as Bad as You Think It Is


When the 2019 Mazda 3 officially dropped earlier this week, we fell for its pretty face immediately, the fact that it will be offered with a manual and have all-wheel drive. And, like nearly all of you, I got to looking at the rear of the hatch version and paused. That massive C-pillar is, uh, problematic and I suspected immediately that it would massively hinder visibility. And I was freaking right.
Unfortunately, I’m not currently at the LA Auto Show in person, but the lovely David Tracy is and he brought back some insight and photos after physically sitting in the hatch on the show floor.
“I sat in the Mazda3 hatchback on the floor of the LA Auto Show,” he reported, “and yes, rearward visibility is as bad as you’d expect. It’s like a cave in there. You look in the rearview mirror and all you see is huge black pillars on the sides, and a small window.”
Look at this. Look at this shit.



And this is what you see if you look in the mirror.



You could hide an elephant from a Mazda 3 hatch driver!
Yes, the new 3 comes with your standard proximity sensors like the parking assist, back up camera, 360-degree camera and blind-spot monitoring. These systems are very helpful, but still don’t completely replace the good, old act of simply looking. Systems can fail, break or malfunction. Then how will you see?
The hatch is probably a car that would benefit greatly from something like GM’s digital display rearview mirror, but Mazda doesn’t yet offer one.



Mazda told David that the fat C-pillar was purely a design and styling decision, as it really wanted to distinguish the looks of the hatch from the sedan. Well, Mazda pulled it off, but seemingly at the cost of visibility.
Historically, lots of cars have big C-pillars like this, such as the AMC Gremlin. But just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean it’s good.
You could say that it’s just a natural evolution of 2018 hatchback design, but I don’t think so. Here’s a Volkswagen GTI interior for comparison



If you’re planning on buying the new Mazda 3 hatch, I guess this is what you’re in for. Be extra careful out there!

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Mazda3 Hot Hatch And RX Rotary Sports Car Ruled Out


Mazda remains committed to internal combustion engines and might offer its new 3 hatchback and sedan in an all-wheel drive plus manual gearbox configuration.

Unfortunately, the good news doesn’t mean the Japanese company is open to resurrecting the MPS badge for the newly-launched model.

When asked by Australian media about a potential hot hatch based on the new Mazda3, the automaker's new global boss, Akira Marumoto, said that "Mazda is a small player” and that the hot hatch niche segment has a low priority for the company. Therefore, “we are not planning for MPS in the future."

Rather than expanding into new segments, Mazda wants to establish itself as a premium alternative to the established European brands. That should come through improved overall quality and better comfort and refinement of the models from the brand’s existing lineup.

We’re also sad to report Mazda has no plans to launch a new generation rotary-powered sports car, which basically means the stunning RX Vision Concept from 2015 (pictured just below) will remain just a design study. Mazda has already confirmed a rotary engine will be used as a generator in one of the marque’s future electric vehicles, but there won’t be a rotary-powered two-door sports car.

"The RX Vision is a vision model for design development so we didn't plan for production or commercialization of this model," Marumoto commented. "I am receiving this question maybe 100 times, and I will not commit. That is a dream for all the Mazda executives and employees and it is my job to make employees dream come true. Nothing has been decided."
In another revelation, Marumoto confirmed Mazda is not interested in building an all-electric sports car. "I don't want to make such a car, I prefer the smell of gasoline," he added and we can’t agree more.

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Let’s Compare The New 2019 Mazda3 To Its Predecessor








Have you noticed how automakers don’t really over-commit to building 5-door compact hatchback models that look predominantly sporty? It’s because this is such an important segment, you really can’t afford to take any major design risks and push conventional buyers away.

In fact, we would argue that aside from the Honda Civic, there really isn’t another car in this class that might be described as aggressive-looking, whether it’s in the U.S., Europe or elsewhere.
Of course, it just so happens that the vast majority of compact hatchback models are sold in Europe, where there’s about a dozen of them to choose from, excluding those that hail from premium automakers, such as the BMW 1-Series, Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3 and Volvo V40.
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Out of the non-premium ones, you have the likes of the VW Golf, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus, Peugeot 308, Renault Megane, Seat Leon, Kia Ceed or the Hyundai i30 – all of which fall on the more stylish or practical side. Even the Leon, which in its second-generation looked pretty distinguished, is now a run-of-the-mill model in terms of styling.
This means that if you want something more “special”, you’re basically left with the Civic and its overly-angular appearance, and maybe the 2019 Corolla.


Either way, if you’re in the market for a new and sporty C-segment hatchback, it’s probably best you wait until you can test drive the all-new 2019 Mazda3, because, well, just look at it! It was drawn using a new interpretation of the automaker’s Kodo design language. In fact, it’s a pretty faithful representation of last year’s Kai Concept, which at the time we described as “sexy”.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Mazda3 almost looks as though it was designed with more emotion. In fact, swipe its badge for an Alfa Romeo one and its design might actually make even more sense – especially with that rear 3/4 angle aesthetic and how they designed the C-pillar.
The front end on the new model actually doesn’t differ all that much from before, but all the lines and creases have been tightened and sharpened and the result is quite fresh.
As for the interior, there’s probably not much we can say in favor of the 2018 Mazda3 over the all-new 2019 one. The automaker adopted a “less is more” approach, while utilizing better materials in order to make the cabin look (and hopefully feel) more premium. Features include the freestanding 8.8-inch infotainment display, new steering wheel, lengthened armrest, re-positioned cup holders and a gearbox surround which “incorporates a laser-engraved black layer covered by a second clear layer”, resulting in a glossy black finish with “deep transparency”. It’s basically a more stylish version of gloss black.


Then of course you have the driver assistance systems, such as Front Cross Traffic Alert or the Cruising & Traffic Support system, where the former detects approaching vehicles at intersections and the latter can automatically accelerate, brake and steer the car in various situations.
What about the sedan?
Well hold on now. Yes, there are two version of the all-new Mazda3, but only one of them comes with a unique rear end design, and it’s definitely not the four-door model.


The new Mazda3 sedan, while technically superior to its predecessor, doesn’t actually look remarkably different. Even in a crowd of other similar models like the VW Jetta, Ford Focus Sedan, Renault Megane Sedan or Skoda Octavia, would you say the Mazda actually stands out? If it does, then we’d argue that it does so less than the new Corolla Sedan and certainly a lot less than the four-door Renault Megane.
But what do you think; does the all-new 2019 Mazda3 represent a considerable improvement over its predecessor, or would you rather stick with the old model for now and maybe look elsewhere for a new C-segment ride?









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2019 Mazda3 shows off factory bodykit

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The 2019 Mazda3 wasn't exactly lacking in the sporty style department when it was shown last month in L.A. But everyone, including Mazda, knows that doesn't mean it can't be even sportier. As such, the company is showing off a version of the new compact hatchback at Tokyo Auto Salon, a modified car and aftermarket parts show, with a body kit. It's a subtle one, consisting of a black front lip spoiler, black side skirts, and a longer, slightly upturned rear spoiler. Its low-key design fits in well with the Mazda3's taut, clean lines, and it makes the car look lower and more purposeful.



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Here's How Much Power the 2019 Mazda 3 Will Make With the 'Holy Grail' Skyactiv-X Engine





When Mazda debuted the 2019 Mazda 3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, Motor Trend reported that the company’s new Skyactiv-X engine with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology would go to countries with stricter emissions rules first, and the U.S. market would get it later. Now it seems we finally have an idea of the performance of the engine, at least in some markets.

According to a spec sheet from Mazda of Slovakia, which you can view here, the Skyactiv-X engine will put down 181 metric horsepower, which converts to roughly 178.5 mechanical HP, and 222 nm of torque, or roughly 163.7 lb-ft of torque.




The documents don’t give any indication of displacement for the engine, but the Skyactiv-X prototype we drove back in 2017 was a 2.0-liter.

Compare the figures above with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine in the outgoing Mazda 3, which produces 155 HP and 150 lb-ft, and the 2019 Mazda 3 with the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G, which makes 186 HP and 186 lb-ft of torque.
According to internal Mazda documents sent by Jalopnik by an anonymous tipster, the Skyactiv-X will be offered on the higher GT and GT Plus trims with manual and automatic transmissions both available. The option of all-wheel drive will only be available on hatchback models.
The documents say the Skyactiv-G and diesel Skyactiv-D engines will be available in May and the Skyactiv-X will be available in June. (No word on whether diesel-averse America will get the Skyactiv-D or not; the CX-5 crossover has that as an option now but it’s not that great in terms of fuel economy.)
We’ve reached out to Mazda for confirmation on these details and we’ll let you know if we find out anything else.
Keep in mind Europe is a much different market than ours, so any configuration sold overseas may not be what America gets once the Skyactiv-X becomes an available engine option for us, whenever that is.
I’ll let Jalopnik’s very own David Tracy explain the significance of the Skyactiv-X engine:
The Skyactiv-X engine works by using a process that Mazda calls Spark Controlled Compression Ignition—essentially a spark plug lighting off a localized rich mixture of fuel and air to create a fireball that compresses the lean mixture throughout the rest of the cylinder, yielding spontaneous ignition. It’s a fascinating concept that promises the efficiency of a diesel engine.

At dinner during the 2019 Mazda 3 first drive, Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of Mazda North America, told journalists that the company may still be exploring the full potential of the new engine technology, so we may see different performance specs when the engine finally makes it our way.
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