2019 Mazda3 Ready for L.A. Auto Show Close-Up

Mazda updated its Mazda3 compact car for 2017 but saved the major changes for the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker announced that an "all-new" Mazda3 will debut at the show in late November.

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During its last refresh, hatchback and sedan versions of the 3 saw only mild exterior styling tweaks. Mazda says this time around to expect both body styles to wear a more mature and athletic look.

Other than that nugget, details on the new models — which we expect to wear the 2019 model year — are slim. Based on the teaser info, however, it also sounds like the 3 is getting a powertrain update. Mazda says the car's "fundamental performance attributes have been raised to a new level" and promises the "latest SkyActiv engines."

The current generation offers a choice of four-cylinder engines: a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Both engines are available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Stay tuned for more details on the new Mazda3 as we get closer to the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and check back when press days start on Nov. 26; as always, we'll be bringing you coverage straight from the show floor in L.A.

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