The long wait is over.
After countless spy shots and teaser photos of both the hatchback and sedan models, the all-new Mazda3 has officially been revealed. Making its world debut in the City of Angels, the 2019 Mazda3 features a more mature 'Kodo' design language, along with a new, more fuel-efficent powertrain called SkyActiv-X.
Starting with the most obvious change, the 2019 Mazda3 has a sleeker, more aerodynamic shape than before. Blending clean lines with rounded shapes, both the sedan and hatchback body styles have a more minimalist yet eye-catching design than its predecessor. The front fascia is dominated by a huge front grill, low-slung front bumper and sharper-looking LED headlights.
Around the back, the five-door hatchback gets a sportier look courtesy of its long flowing design. Meanwhile, the sedan has a more stylish, yet conservative appearance that is equally sexy. It even gets new set of taillights.
The minimalist design also carries over to the interior of the all-new Mazda3. The dashboard is almost devoid of jutting buttons and controls. Instead, Mazda decided to incorporate the automatic climate control into the dashboard itself for a flush-fitted look. The center console, on the other hand, gets a new look as well while still keeping the rotary-style knob for the onboard infotainment system. Speaking of infotainment, the Mazda3 now has a bigger 8.8-inch touchscreen display that sits atop of the center dashboard.
Other design changes and new additions made for the 2019 Mazda3 include new leather upholstery and trim, redesigned three-spoke steering wheel, and more comfortable seats.
Underneath its curvaceous shell, the new Mazda3 adopts the company's SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture. The new architecture was purpose-built to deliver improved handling, better body rigidity, as well as riding comfort. A wide array of powertrain options will be available for the Mazda3, the new SkyActiv-X, SkyActiv-G, and SkyActiv-D. Initially, gasoline and diesel-powered mills will be the first ones available. The new SkyActiv-X engine will be made available at a later date in 2019.
“The all-new Mazda3 we unveil today begins a new era for Mazda. The next generation of Mazda cars will enhance the value of the car-ownership experience. Though these products, we will further raise Mazda's brand value and work towards our goal of building strong bonds with customers all over the world,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda's representative director, president and CEO.
The all-new Mazda3 will be first launched in the US in early 2019. Other markets will follow suit.