Is Mazda brewing up something for the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show? According to reports, it's starting to look that way.
British magazine AutoExpress said that the all-new Mazda 3 will make its debut later this year at the aforementioned motor show, both in sedan and hatchback guises. With Mazda rolling out all-new and updated models throughout the past year, one could say that the Japanese automaker is on a roll.
So what can we expect with the all-new Mazda 3? Kevin Rice, design director of Mazda Europe said that, in recent history, they don't make concepts for the sake of making concepts. The designer hints that the Kai Concept, shown during last year's Tokyo Motor Show, will be the inspiration for the C-segment fighter.
To recap, the Kai Concept is said to be the blueprint for the brand's next generation of compact cars. It features a more aggressive interpretation of Mazda's current design language, known as Kodo. A large, hexagonal grill, paired with slim, upswept headlights make up the front fascia of the hatchback concept. A rakish windshield, along with rounded off tail section, defines the sides. Slim L-shaped tail lights, along with an integrated diffuser and tailgate spoiler, give it a more distinct signature when seen from the rear. Of course, expect it to be slightly watered down for production.
Significantly, the 2019 Mazda3 is likely to come with the new SkyActiv-X engine. Its rather revolutionary, this engine. This engine requires no spark plugs while running. Instead, it uses compression ignition to create a spark which combusts the fuel-air mixture. For those who know how engines work, this is identical to how diesel engines run, as they do not use spark plugs as well. Mazda claims this gas engine can offer good performance while serving up diesel economy.