This year’s Los Angeles Auto Show will be the host for both sedan and hatchback variants of Mazda’s 3 new-gen model. Our photographers, however, managed to catch just a camouflaged prototype of the 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback ahead of its official debut. The Japanese automaker released a teaser for both body styles a week ago, so when we put pieces together, we think we know what’s coming.
The popular compact will be built on Mazda’s all-new SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture. The 2019 Mazda3 will be the first vehicle that rides on the architecture, so information about the chassis is still pretty obscure. According to the manufacturer, by using the modular platform, the new-gen Mazda3 is going to improve dynamic and performance. Also, the car will provide a higher level of comfort and a more refined ride.
The exterior design will largely mirror the amazing Kai Concept. Certain details will be toned-down of course, but essentially, the next-generation Mazda3 hosts clearly the same gaping grille that made the debut on the concept, as well as sets of sharp-looking headlights and taillights. The most evident resemblance to the concept is a new C-pillar treatment and a downward sloping nose, which make the awesome compact car a lot more dynamic from the predecessor.
You won’t find anything big inside of the 2019 Mazda3. That’s because the automaker has chosen the minimalistic approach with a few buttons. The usual treatment has been replaced by a three-pod instrument layout found inside of the aforementioned concept. Mazda left out a floating central touchscreen from the Kai, but the Mazda3 is definitely getting one. As we’ve seen the cabin of the testing prototype, we know that the automaker is also preparing an interesting treatment inside that includes red leather upholstery, as well as a red-treated dashboard with contrast stitching. There’s also some aluminum accents here and there, while the car gets the steering wheel that has three spokes.
By introducing the redesigned 2019 Mazda3, the automaker is not just presenting the new car and platform, but also a totally new engine. Yes, the compact is the first to get the SkyActiv-X engine that’s fitted with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI). The option will reportedly develop around 190 horsepower and 169 pound-feet of torque. In other words, the SCCI system squeezes off around 30% more power than a naturally aspirated 2-liter and provides diesel-like fuel consumption. According to the latest rumors, the car will reach almost 40 mpg/combined, which is really a respectable result. Mazda will most definitely offer a pair of cheaper and carried over engines under the hood of the new model. Plus, there is a possibility of seeing the new Mazdaspeed3/Mazda3 MPS in the coming years. If this actually happens, you can expect to be paired with the amazing 250 HP 2.5 Skyactiv-T.
The L.A. auto show starts on November 28, so stay tuned for updates.