Los Angeles Auto Show 2008Mazda has now revealed both the sedan and hatch versions of its popular 3, prior to it going on sale next year.
Mazda has revealed the first pictures of the 3 hatch ahead of its official unveiling at the Bologna Motor Show in Spain next week. As with the sedan, it's a gentle evolution of the themes established in the first generation model.
Safe, not sorry (part I)
When Mazda unleashed the redesigned 6 earlier this year, it was a riot of bulging fenders and complex headlight and tail-light graphics and, in some ways, almost unrecognisable from the clean simple lines of its forebears.
Safe, not sorry (part II)
With the new 3, however, Mazda is playing it safe. Yes, the headlamp and tail-light clusters are practically pilfered from the new 6 but it's instantly recognisable as a 3. Indeed the biggest changes are a slightly more curvy form, and the gaping mouth grille shared with the refreshed MX-5 shown at the Paris Motor Show.
Overseas customers will be offered a choice of 2.0- and 2.5-litre petrol engines, as well as a turbocharged 2.2-litre diesel. If the current range is anything to go by, the 2.0-litre petrol will be the standard engine, with the 2.5-litre engine reserved for use in a sporty SP25 model, and the diesel likely some time in the future.
The first generation Mazda3 hatchback featured a unique set of body panels, which featured more sharp edges and creases than the sedan. The second-gen 3 doesn't quite offer the same level of differentiation between the hatch and the sedan.