New Mazda 3

9 Oct, 2008 9:51am Dan Strong

It's Mazda's new 3 for all! The Japanese firm has confirmed that a four-door saloon version of the all-new Mazda 3 will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show on 19th November 2008.

While the UK will have to wait until next year to see the five door hatchback that's tipped to be the top seller here, this brand new machine does offer a strong flavour of what buyers should expect.

The all-new model is the latest addition to Mazda’s reinvented product line up and follows the introduction of the all‑new Mazda 2 and all-new Mazda 6 last year.

At the front, sleek headlights are mixed with deep air intakes and a low splitter. In profile, there’s the trademark angled C-pillar, but it’s joined by a waistline that kicks up over the back door. Together with a chunky rear bumper and a steeply angled tailgate, this creates an aggressive look. Inside, the Mazda has new, improved materials and a dashboard that copies its counterpart in the 6, complete with steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and ventilation systems.

The next 3 will use the longer platform from the forthcoming third-generation Focus, due in 2010, and so will offer more interior space than before. Other benefits include increased refinement and excellent handling.

Drivers anticipate a wide range of engines to be made available, including a new stop and start model, which Auto Express drove in prototype form last week.

For morte details on the newcomer, don't miss next week's issue, out on October 15th.

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