Mazda's all-time global bestseller now gets the full range of lightweight SKYACTIV technology, with the latest adaptation of the company's KODO Soul of Motion design language.
Mazda says it has "created a truly passionate expression of dynamic motion" and, like previous KODO models, the all-new Mazda3 features a firm stance enhanced by the compact-looking, cab-rearwards design.
Lower and wider than the current model, Mazda says the car's raked profile - rising towards the rear and bolstered by the flared fenders and large alloy wheels - conveys agility and strength.
The new Mazda3 hatchback and saloon share the enlarged 2,700mm wheelbase – the longest in the C-segment and 60mm longer than the current Mazda3's.
This allowed designers to shorten the front and rear overhangs for a more powerful, KODO-inspired stance, in the process creating more space for the engine and improving crash safety, too.
Both bodystyles are 40mm wider and 15mm lower than the current model, while the saloon features a different roof, rear window, rear wings and boot lid in a design which extends the overall length by 120mm to 4,580mm, compared to 4,460mm for the hatchback.
For improved practicality, both models have rear seat backrests which fold almost flat and the saloon's boot opening width is increased by 100mm to 1,102mm, so it can now accommodate three 67cm suitcases and has a total capacity of 419 litres.