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Old 05-22-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Thanks to an image published in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s annual auto industry analysis, we now have a better idea of what to expect from the next-generation Mazda3 compact hatchback. The redesigned Mazda3, which will adopt the automaker's new Kodo design language and Skyactiv efficiency philosophy, is expected to launch for the 2015 model year.



The new image lines up almost perfectly with camouflaged prototypes our spies have photographed, as well as an earlier set of leaked patent renderings, suggesting that what you see above is essentially what will arrive in Mazda showrooms next year.

The company's so-called Kodo design language that first entered production with the Mazda CX-5 is clearly visible in this car's front fascia, with some Infiniti-eque design cues present when viewing the car in profile. The next Mazda3 will also ditch the current car's "smiling" front end, which has received mixed reviews.

Though the current Mazda3 was the automaker's first model to receive its much-ballyhooed high-mpg Skyactiv engine and transmission in the United States, the 2012 model year introduction of that powertrain was essentially a stopgap measure. Under the automaker's Skyactiv philosophy, issues such as vehicle weight and aerodynamics are factored into creating an altogether more efficient, yet still performance-oriented package. The CX-5 was the first full-scale application of Skyactiv and the 2015 Mazda3 should follow suit.

We should learn more about the next-generation Mazda3 over the next few months as the current car's production cycle begins to come to a close. As the 3 is Mazda's highest-volume model in many of its largest markets - including North America - it is undeniably a crucial product for the Japanese automaker.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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looks like a mazda!!!
that actually looks great!
can't wait to see the MX-5
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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I love this look on the 6, but I don't think it will translate to the MX5. The Miata looks great as it. Just continue the evolution.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:41 PM   #4
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Looks great. I hope the new diesel w/ Mazda's superb 6MT makes its way into this model.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:56 PM   #5
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Me likey!!! Diesel please!
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #6
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The hips and C-pillar almost - almost! - remind me of a Maserati Quattroporte, but less tacky.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:37 PM   #7
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Looks great. I hope the new diesel w/ Mazda's superb 6MT makes its way into this model.
Agreed. Diesel would be great
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:51 PM   #8
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I love this look on the 6, but I don't think it will translate to the MX5. The Miata looks great as it. Just continue the evolution.
Absolutely looks great on the 6...I almost like the smile more than this on the 3. Never thought I'd say that.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:55 PM   #9
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Why do automakers now strive to make all their models look the same? This picture to me looks like the 6 front end on the current 3 hatch. Looks better than the current car's stupid grin.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:12 AM   #10
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I think Mazda has done a phenomenal job of coming out with new and unique designs for their vehicles.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:08 PM   #11
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^^^ Agreed, definitely not cookie cutter boring cars.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:10 PM   #12
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Window lines are much more appealing than the current Impreza.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:23 PM   #13
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Dont worry subaru. The mazdaspeed won't be competition.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:05 PM   #14
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Looks nice, but I'm particularly surprised that Japanese automakers don't at least design a *little* bit around the front license plate, since they're the same size/shape as ours and seem to be required (seems every car there has one). Once I imagine a front plate on this car, the design goes all to hell.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:06 PM   #15
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It looks better than the current smiley face one.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:51 PM   #16
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The front door handles look significantly lower than the rear door handles. Odd to me. Gives it that "sweeping/wavy/windy" look.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:55 PM   #17
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The front door handles look significantly lower than the rear door handles. Odd to me. Gives it that "sweeping/wavy/windy" look.
I don't think this will be as apparent when viewed from the side.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:57 PM   #18
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this car looks great if you ask me.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:05 AM   #19
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I like it. I don't have any problems with the current Mazda 3, but like some have said, its smiling front end gets mixed reviews, though the facelift from a couple of years ago made it look less odd.

My girlfriend was looking at a 2013 Mazda 3 hatchback at first, but we held off on it and figured she should just save the money (or at least pay off her 2010 Corolla first)... which is good, because this seems like it will be a better car in a lot of ways.

And on that topic, I know that there were some compromises with the Skyactiv motor in the current Mazda 3 (something about it not fitting in the engine bay properly so they had to replace the intended Skyactiv manifold (can't remember if it was intake or exhaust) or something with a slightly less efficient one), so I'm sure that this current one will fit the proper Skyactiv motor with all of its intended goodies. But how much extra hp, torque and mpg is that supposed to net? (I realize it's nothing significant but I'm just curious.)
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:10 AM   #20
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Dont worry subaru. The mazdaspeed won't be competition.


Are you basing your prediction on the widely-circulated specifications for the next-generation Mazdaspeed3 and WRX?
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:57 AM   #21
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Basically saying Mazda has a very good and capable platform in a hatch version.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:39 AM   #22
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the grill looks a lot like the current Acura line-up.
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:40 AM   #23
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Want this so badly with the 2.2l diesel. 300+ lb/ft of torque, 50+ mpg. Ohhhh yes.
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:50 AM   #24
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looks better than our current smiling 'tard mazda3.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:12 AM   #25
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Want this so badly with the 2.2l diesel. 300+ lb/ft of torque, 50+ mpg. Ohhhh yes.
Sounds awesome! Bring it Mazda
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