The new Mazda 3 will become the fourth model in the Japan-based manufacturer’s line-up to embrace the company’s Kodo design language, following the CX-5, Mazda 6 and CX-9.
The next generation of Australia’s favourite car will feature angular headlights integrated into a prominent black grille, replacing the smiley face front end of the outgoing second-gen model.
Muscular front wheel arches contribute to an athletic profile, while sharp horizontal tail-lights and a raked rear window create a fresh look at the back.
CarAdvice’s spy photographers snapped an undisguised shot of the new Mazda 3’s cabin, confirming it will feature a tablet-style screen at the top of the dashboard, a rotary dial on the centre console and revised instrument cluster with one large circular binnacle flanked by two square fixtures.
The new 3 will be built from the ground up utilising the brand’s Skyactiv drivetrain, chassis and aerodynamic technologies, including its new fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, stop-start and energy regeneration systems.
The third-generation Mazda 3 will be unveiled in the coming weeks ahead of its Australian introduction at the beginning of 2014.