The image, first published by Russian website News Auto, gives us an undisguised rear three-quarter-angle look at the third-generation Mazda 3 hatchback.
The vehicle in the photograph appears largely identical to the blue car that appeared in the leaked pages of a Japanese automotive magazine earlier this month (below), giving us a good idea of what to expect from Mazda’s new small car when it is revealed on June 27.
While declining to officially confirm it will be the new Mazda 3, the Japanese manufacturer will unveil "a new vehicle" in collaboration with Microsoft, with the event to be streamed globally on Xbox Live. The unveiling will take place at 4:30am on June 27 AEST, with Mazda saying it will be the first-ever global live stream of a new vehicle introduction.
The new Mazda 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.
It is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms around the beginning of 2014.
CarAdvice spies also managed a sneak peek of the new Mazda 3 interior in May.