Mazda has revealed its all-new Mazda 3, making a striking style statement in what is traditionally quite a conservative class. And it’s not just the design that’ll get tongues wagging, because under the bonnet is the brand’s hi-tech, high efficiency Skyactiv engines that are an internal combustion riposte to the gathering ranks of electric vehicles. We received a good look at the new 3 via the Kai concept Mazda brought to last year’s Tokyo motor show, but only now is it clear how faithfully the new 3 has followed the concept’s lead.
The hatch features a striking new profile, combining a long bonnet and low slim glass house with a dramatically upswept windowline. The nose is lower, and longer than before, incorporating slim LED headlights into the wider grille and simplified, pared lower bumper. The saloon takes a sleeker approach, borrowing cues from the larger Mazda 6, although the overall effect is subtler than the hatch.
Under the bonnet will sit Mazda’s next generation petrol Skyactiv-X engine, which combines both compression and spark ignition in the one engine to get the best of both diesel and petrol in terms of performance, refinement and efficiency. As we went into further detail in a prototype model driven earlier in the year, the engine will not switch between the two forms, instead it will overlap between the two forms of ignition depending on load and revs.