The current-gen Mazda3 was a controversial car in many ways. While few could argue with the value and performance the polarizing issue came with the design. Many hated the “smiley face” look of the front fascia while others loved it. I’ll admit I was not a fan at first but it grew on me. Now, with the announcement of the 2014 Mazda3, gone is the grin of before and now the Mazda3 goes the way of “Kodo”.
If you are unfamiliar “Kodo” is the name of the design language Mazda adapted when it began early work on the TAKERI concept (now known as the 2014 Mazda6). As you can see, the nose of the new Mazda3 is nearly identical to that of the current Mazda6. The lines of the hatch have also been redrawn in the rear complete with new taillights.
The 2014 Mazda3 will have two engine options available on release: a 2.0 SKYACTIV-G and a 2.5 SKYACTIV-G. Numbers on the engines have yet to be released. There is also no mention of a SKYACTIV-D (diesel) or Mazdaspeed variant but I would suspect that both of those trims are highly likely to materialize at some point in the near future.
The new Mazda3 is slated to hit dealerships this fall and while no MSRP has been announced I would expect the new “3” to start around $20k. Perhaps the new Mazda3 may make an appearance at SEMA 2013? Hmmm… That is still unknown but for now you can at least check out the gallery of pics by clicking the thumbnails. Also if you want the scoop straight from Mazda then scroll down for the official press release.
NEW YORK, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Ten years ago the first Mazda3 was born, and today the global birthday party kicks off with the world premiere of the all-new 2014 Mazda3. With same-day unveil events in New York, London, Istanbul, Melbourne and St. Petersburg, this completely redesigned and re-imagined third-generation model seeks to again propel Mazda3 as the leader in its segment. Engineered with the full complement of SKYACTIV®1 technologies – a proprietary suite of fuel-efficient, performance-driven components and manufacturing philosophies – as well as the handsome styling of the KODO design language, this all-new compact car was deliberately crafted to take your breath away.
“We are proud to mark 10 years of the Mazda3’s success with the global debut of the next-generation vehicle,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “There is no doubt that the all-new Mazda3 arrives with all-new expectations. Yet as its track record has shown, we look forward to not only meeting those expectations, but exceeding them in the way only Mazda can.”
In production since June 25, 2003, more than 3.5 million Mazda3s have been sold in more than 120 countries around the world, and 136 global awards have been received. The best-selling model in the brand’s lineup, Mazda3 accounts for nearly a third of the company’s annual global sales. Previous generations were acclaimed in markets around the world for their emotive design, responsive and dynamic handling, environmental performance, safety, technology and excellent craftsmanship. With the undeniable passion instilled from the design and engineering teams, whether you’re snugly situated behind the perfectly-molded steering wheel or obsessively ogling its aggressively sleek character lines, this next-generation Mazda3 will command your presence unlike any other vehicle in its class.
The first generation (2003-09) – with its unexpected design, performance and quality – changed assumptions about the compact car segment consisting of low-cost, throw-away vehicles. By being the dynamic sports compact leader, more than two million units were sold.
The second generation (2010-13) further enhanced the Mazda3’s sporty driving essence, as well as improved its fuel economy consumption with the introduction of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Also not taking a backseat was safety, in which the second-generation Mazda3 received the highest five-star rating from Euro NCAP and was named a Top Safety Pick by the U.S.’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The third-generation model, on sale in the United States this fall, will be introduced with a choice of two gasoline engines: the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter and SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter. An all-new human-machine interface (HMI) system also will make its debut. This in-car infotainment system is meant to broaden the scope of the driving experience, and was designed with ease of use and safety as top priorities, as well as ensuring the driver’s focus remains on the job at hand: driving.
The 2014 Mazda3 also introduces several all-new safety systems under the umbrella known as i-ACTIVSENSE. These technologies use sensing devices such as milliwave radars and cameras to support the driver in recognizing hazards, reducing the possibility of collisions and minimizing damage should accidents occur. While these systems will not eliminate accidents, their intent is to minimize them and reduce the severity of a crash. New safety technologies for the Mazda3 include a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS).
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.
1 SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).