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Old 02-12-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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Mazda's new Kodo design language is set to quickly spread across the automaker's entire lineup, judging by these spy shots of the next-generation Mazda3 that show some very familiar styling cues. No matter, we're impressed with what Mazda has done on the CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 sedan in terms of design, and we're happy to see the C-segment hatchback ditching the smile-for-a-mile Nagare design.

It's unclear what sort of architecture is found below the new Mazda3 our spy shooters suggest that the car could simply be using a heavily massaged version of the Ford C1 platform found under the current car. Our best guess is that it's actually a reworked version of the platform used in the CX-5 crossover, however, chocked full of weight-saving Skyactiv technologies. After all, the CX-5 plays in the compact CUV segment, and those vehicles are commonly based on C-segment platforms. And besides, there's probably some economic savings at work with the new chassis both in terms of fuel efficiency and economies of scale. Still, no one is totally certain what lies under all that black-and-white paper at the moment.

The new Mazda3 is targeted to arrive for the 2015 model year, meaning we could see a final production car debut as early as this year. We expect the hatch you see here to debut along with a traditional four-door sedan, and unless we hear otherwise, we don't doubt that a Mazdaspeed version will be far behind.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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Looks promising. However the rear cargo looks smaller than the current version. Maybe because of the sloping rear hatch?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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looks like a Mazda


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Old 02-12-2013, 11:30 AM   #4
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Too much front overhang for a fwd car.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #5
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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Too much front overhang for a fwd car.
I was thinking the same, but thing it is the camo and the angle of the photo.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:08 PM   #7
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Why is it so big?
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:11 PM   #8
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Looks promising. However the rear cargo looks smaller than the current version. Maybe because of the sloping rear hatch?
Styling is more important to Mazda than utility. Audi shares the same priorities. A sloping rear hatch and roof line is what car manufacturers believe to look "stylish."
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:22 PM   #9
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Looks a lot like the GR Impreza.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:07 PM   #10
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ew.looks outdated already.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:39 PM   #11
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I dunno, Mazda seems to have done right by the looks of the CX-5 and upcoming 6, so...
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:10 AM   #12
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Looks like a 08 impreza hatch rear with a BMW 3 front.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:44 AM   #13
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:15 AM   #14
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Look at how small the back windows are. Horrible. Why?
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:25 AM   #15
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Looks a lot like the GR Impreza.
;D Yep. Except it'll look like a Mazda eventually because only the front wheels will be spinning in the snow states.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #16
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Yeah, that's a lot of overhang. Yikes.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:50 AM   #17
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Looks promising. However the rear cargo looks smaller than the current version. Maybe because of the sloping rear hatch?
I think the huge front end just kinda makes for an illusion that the rear is small. Looking at pics of the current gen 3, I'd say it's about the same.

But the back windows do look to be about 10% smaller. Gotta have that high beltline I guess..
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Too much front overhang for a fwd car.
Yea it's got the same thing going as the 6. You'd think if was an FR car with an inline 8. It works on the 6, not sure how it'll play out on this.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:03 AM   #18
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I would buy that. I would buy that very hard.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:09 AM   #19
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That's the new wrx. Its a sporty looking animal.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #20
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Hooray for an upright windshield!
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:22 AM   #21
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I think the long front overhang is an illusion from the photo angle.

But let the high beltline thing die already.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:28 AM   #22
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:33 AM   #23
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Eh, its not bad. I understand how brand design language is important, but I hate that some brands make their cars look like different sizes of the same car.

Ford...I'm looking at you.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:13 PM   #24
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Eh, its not bad. I understand how brand design language is important, but I hate that some brands make their cars look like different sizes of the same car.

Ford...I'm looking at you.
I was thinking the same thing when looking at this car. Looks like a shrunk, hatchback version of the new 6. I dislike corporate architecture too, though. Dodge is probably the worst in this regard when they insisted on making every vehicle they built look like the Ram with that stupid crosshair grille. I think they're finally growing out of that.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:35 AM   #25
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I'll reserve judgment until it's out of camo, but that front overhang does not look promising.
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