A Japanese car magazine has published a set of new pictures that are believed to be the all-new 2014 Mazda3 in its full production trim. Based on what we have seen of the car so far, in renderings and latest spy photos, they seem to be the real deal. This is the new Mazda3.
The new ‘3’ will be the fourth product of Mazda’s KODO design language, and as you would expect, from knowing the CX-5 and new the Mazda6, it shares more than one cue, styling-wise, with the rest of the family. You’d be forgiven to mistake this car for a Mazda6 at the front, but the side profile and the rear-end design are all-new. It is shown in the more popular hatchback form here, but in some markets, including America, Mazda3 will also be offered as a sedan.
Mazda3 is by far the best-selling model the Japanese manufacturer produces. Its popularity is due mostly to the great value it offers relative to the price you pay for it, but it is also one of the best in its class in terms of driving fun. The new model is going to be even better than the outgoing one, as it will boast a number of SKYACTIV technologies that not only make the car more efficient, they are also designed to improve the car’s delightful handling. The SKYACTIV construction makes the car lighter, the SKYACTIV suspension makes it feel tighter and more agile, and the SKYACTIV engines will give it the oomph it needs to cope with the rest of the package.
The 2014 Mazda3 will have all the good things of the previous model, and it also looks much better. Not that the current model is bad, but that smiley face is not everyone’s cup of tea. Mazda’s most popular car seem to have all the bases covered to carry on even stronger than before.