The Mazda Mazda3 is due for its next complete redesign for the 2019 model year. Unfortunately, reliable details have not yet been revealed as far as what the next generation will entail. It will reportedly be the Japanese automaker's first step away from its Kodo design theme and will reportedly set the tone for the rest of the lineup.
The car continues to be an important vehicle for Mazda after the recently updated CX-5 crossover. However, it continues to trail segment leaders like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Ford Focus in overall sales. Will that change with the next generation? That remains to be seen.
Fuel economy is expected to be a key strength with the next Mazda3. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Mazda will introduce a new generation of Skyactiv engines capable of as much as a 30% gain in efficiency. This will reportedly be made possible by utilizing pressure rather than traditional spark plugs for fuel ignition.
The car continues to rank well in comparisons and has been a favorite among driving enthusiasts with a manual transmission offered in every trim level. Engine choices currently range from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated at 155 hp in the entry-level Sport to a 2.5-liter mill with 184 hp in Touring and Grand Touring models.
Safety is an area in which the model is quickly gaining ground next to competitors. For 2018, the car gains Smart City Brake Support, a low-speed collision mitigation system, as standard equipment even with its base model. At the top of the range, the car features the full array of assistance technology such as Smart Brake Support, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and more.
The 2019 Mazda Mazda3 is currently expected to debut sometime in 2018.
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Pictured: 2015 Mazda3