Mazda has finally unveiled the latest generation of the Mazda3 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Mazda, the all-new Mazda plays an important role in raising the driving pleasure to distinctive to the brand to whole new levels. With a capacity to accommodate up to five persons, the 2019 Mazda3 will be available either as a sedan or a hatchback.
The exterior design of the sedan and the hatchback versions of the Mazda3 are based on different design concept. With dimensions measuring 4,459 mm in length, 1,797 mm in width and 1,440 mm in height, the hatchback is based on a design concept focused on creating a solid mass with a lasting visual appeal. This allows the Mazda3 hatchback to convey a powerful yet solid presence. The hatchback is available with a new exclusive color -- Polymetal Gray.
On the other hand, the Mazda3 sedan measures 4,662 mm in length, 1,797 mm in width and 1,445 mm in height. Its design concept focused on being sleek and elegant. While it still conforms to the traditional sedan styling, the Mazda3 sedan offers a clean, sleek and sophisticated beauty that exudes both maturity and refinement. Both the hatchback and sedan versions of the new Mazda3 have a wheelbase of 2,725 mm.
Interestingly, the new Mazda3 features a new lamp design that stays true with the “less is more” theme, getting rid of unnecessary elements while retaining only the necessary ones such as the light source, lens and base.
Inside, the new Mazda3 features a cockpit that employs the “vanishing point” design concept. In addition, the cabin is marked by simplicity, as derived from the aesthetics of “less is more.” This can be seen on the climate-control panel and passenger-side louvers that are now integrated into the left-right axis following the line of the instrument panel.
In addition, the car’s newly designed shift panel employs “two-layer molding” technology that allows for shifts in light that in turn create a rich linear expression. The fabric interior is specified in a new Greige color – a combination of gray and beige. The hatchback can be availed with a new interior – Burgundy.
Adopting the new Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, the new Mazda3 comes powered by the latest Skyactiv engines, including the new Skyactiv-X mills. Gasoline units include the 1.5-, 2.0- and 2.5-liter versions of the latest Skyactiv-G, while the 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D is the diesel engine offering for the new Mazda. The all-new Mazda3 is the first production car to offer the Skyactiv-X engine, which is assisted by the carmaker’s intelligent new M Hybrid system.
The engines – which power ratings are not disclosed so far -- are mated either to six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. They are complemented by Mazda’s evolved i-Activ AWD that adds “four-wheel vertical load” detection and works in conjunction with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus).