While an earlier, widely circulated rendering claiming to detail the third-generation hatchback proved to be a fake, the latest shots appear to align closely with CarAdvice’s spy shots of the new model, suggesting the magazine shots could be the real deal.
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.