New photos show design of new compact car very consistent with Kodo design language
New official photos of the 2014 Mazda3 sedan have emerged online after the Japanese manufacturer conducted its media test in Europe. The exterior styling is very consistent with the Kodo design language established in its stablemates the CX-5 and Mazda6. As with previous generations of the Mazda3, the front of the car is exactly the same as the hatchback version earlier revealed.
As with the hatchback, the sedan will sit on the same 2700mm wheelbase. It will be as wide at 1796mm and presumably as tall at 1455mm, being wider and lower, thereby sportier than the outgoing model. It does seem be the same length as the outgoing model, while no actual dimensions officially released yet except for the hatchback which measures the same.
Under the hood will be Skyactiv engines as previous announced at the global unveil. Engines options available are a 1.5-liter Skyactiv G, 2.0-liter Skyactiv G, 2.0-liter Skyactiv G iELOOP, and 2.2 Skyactiv D. As to what exact engine options will be the available for the Philippine market remains to be seen, we predict that Mazda Philippines will come out with the 1.5 Skyactiv G and the 2.0-liter Skyactiv G. A possibility of an iELOOP and iSTOP functions as seen in the Mazda6 should not be too far fetched. The engines will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, expect the manual to come with the base variant to cater to the price concious.
Based on the interior photo released, the Mazda3 will also have a white leather sport interior similar to that of the Mazda6. The dashboard layout also looks very much inspired by a BMW, and the i-Drive-insipired HMI (Human Machine Interface) features a new 'floating' display for a more dynamic appeal. The instrument cluster is another story as it is very racecar inspired bringing out the zoom-zoom in the driver.
Mazda Philippines did say that they are planning a mid-year release for the Mazda3 in 2014. What are your thoughts on the upcoming Mazda3 now that both the hatchback and sedan versions have been revealed?