2019 Mazda 3 – illustrations show exterior and interior

We’re eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the new 2019 Mazda 3, and while there’s still a month to go before the C-segment contender’s expected debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, motoring news portal Carscoops has come across a few illustrations that appear to show the car’s full exterior and interior design.

These images, which look to have come from either an owner’s manual or a parts brochure, reveal a car inspired by the Kai Concept from last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The front end is reminiscent of the recently facelifted Mazda 6, with the thick grille surround flowing underneath the slim headlights. The bonnet shutline has been separated from the grille and headlights, in a similar fashion to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Along the side, the long bonnet, short tail proportions of this sedan version have been retained, but the predecessor’s upswept beltline has been straightened somewhat, though the C-pillar kink remains. Moving to the rear, the two piece tail lights get four circular light cans as on the Kai, while the number plate recess has been moved to sit within the bumper.

The interior again draws its design cues from the show car, with air vents that flank the (likely digital) instrument cluster, and climate controls that sit within a slit underneath the upper dashboard – which now also holds the air vents for the passenger side. One difference is that instead of a widescreen display that runs across the dashboard, the infotainment screen returns to being a freestanding unit in the centre.

Mazda is promising big new technologies for the fourth-generation 3, including a new SkyActiv-X petrol engine that combines spark ignition and a diesel engine’s compression ignition to deliver considerable fuel savings. Underpinning the car is a new, more rigid architecture – reportedly incorporating torsion beam rear suspension instead of the current car’s multilink setup – for improved refinement, comfort and handling.

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