Yesterday our spies got the best look at the upcoming 2010 Mazda 3. This all‑new sport compact was originally due to go on sale sometime in the last half of 2009, but sources say it will now hit showrooms late 2009 as a 2010 model year car.
Riding on Ford’s global C1 platform, the new Mazda3 will measure in a bit longer and wider than the current model. The sportier-looking Mazda3 will also get a small bump in horsepower – as well as a boost in fuel efficiency.
Although this the American version spied here, our photographer reports seeing buttons for heated seats, satellite radio and an MP3 hard drive.
Under the hood Mazda is expected to increase the juice, with the current 2.3-litre motor rumoured to be bored out to a 2.5-litre. That should give the new 3 10-20kW more power compared to the current 108kW (115kW for the SP23).
Mazda insiders say the new Mazda3 will make its official debut at the LA Auto Show in November this year.