All-new Mazda 3 teased ahead of debut, new-gen SkyActiv platform


Mazda has just announced that the all-new Mazda 3 will be making its world premiere at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show) happening from 30 November to 9 December. The Japanese carmaker also released a teaser image to go along with the announcement.

Now entering its fourth generation, the new Mazda 3 will continue to be offered in both sedan and hatchback guise with the latter’s design heavily inspired from the Mazda Kai Concept that was shown earlier in the year.

From the teaser image, we can tell that its Kodo Design philosophy has taken on a more sophisticated form with additional chrome lining on the upper window trims, pronounced C-Pillar as well as sharper taillamps. Expect the new Mazda 3 to feature styling cues from the new CX-5 and facelifted Mazda 6 especially on the front nose section.

Mazda’s Mazda Connect cabin architecture have received well-deserved praises in their new-generation vehicles and the new Mazda 3 is expected to carry an improved version of it – better connectivity and more intuitive to interact with.

Under the skin, the new Mazda 3 will sit on the next-generation SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture platform that promises heightened Jinba Ittai (horse and river as one) driving engagement. Mazda promises the new platform “enables people to make the most of their natural sense of balance”.

We all know that Mazda is set to debut their new SkyActiv-X powertrain with the first ever HCCI (homogeneous charge compression engine) technology applied in a petrol engine as well as mild-hybrid technology. However, we will have to wait for LA Auto Show to go into full swing to know whether the next-generation Mazda 3 will feature any of these.


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Mazda Kai Concept


Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.
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