All-new Mazda3 to debut in LA  08 | 11 | 2018

    MAZDA HAS CONFIRMED it will unveil its all-new Mazda3 hatchback and saloon at the LA Motor Show later this month. The car, which is set to go head-to-head with the VW Golf, will make its public debut on November 28. It will go on-sale at Scottish dealerships next year. (Related: 2000kms in a Mazda3 ... in three days)

    A new ‘moody’ teaser image (main picture above) released today — which shows the rear ends of both bodystyles — confirms the newcomer will  inspiration from the Kai concept car (pictured below) shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

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    While Mazda is understandably keeping its cards close to its chest, the fourth-generation Mazda3 will introduce the Japanese manufacturer’s new Skyactiv-X vehicle architecture. Designed to be fitted with its new  compression-ignition petrol engine, the new technology is expected to eventually result in ending diesel power in Mazda cars. (Related: Roadtest — Mazda MX-5 Sport Nav+ 2.0-litre)

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    Utilising something called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI), Mazda claims the technology will deliver petrol-like performance with diesel fuel economy.

    The company claims “fundamental performance attributes have been raised to a new level”,  and Mazda as emphasised the new model will not only deliver an improvement in quality — aimed at moving the car more upmarket — but it will also be more refined and sporty. (Roadtest: Mazda6 Range 2018 facelift)

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    What is also clear from today’s teaser is the hatch closely resembles the Kai concept. Its sharp styling was a real head turner when it was unveiled last yea at Tokyo.

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    Measuring 4420mm long, 1855mm wide and 1375mm tall, it’s marginally longer, wider and lower than the current Mazda 3, and boasts a 50mm longer wheelbase. There’s likely to be more space in the cabin due to the wheels being pushed further towards the four corners. That’s also likely to enhance the five-seater’s handling.

    Related: Mazda gives its CX-3 a facelift

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    Jim McGill

     

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