Mazda unveiled the next generation of its popular mid-size sedan, the 2019 Mazda 3. The announcement was made at the LA Auto Show highlighting the fully redesigned model that adds an all-new Skyactiv-X engine.
The redesign of the Mazda 3 for both the four-door and five-door variants takes inspiration from Japanese aesthetic derived from the Kodo design language.
On the interior, the changes are subtle with mostly the infotainment display serving as the catalyst of difference. Instead of just floating on top of the dashboard like previous generations, it has been integrated into the dashboard that makes it a more seamless inclusion. It will pair nicely with the recently announced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for the Mazda 3.
The changes are even more subtle on the exterior. The biggest change can be seen on the hatch redesign that seems to be lower and has a new all-black wing that adds a flair of style and stealth. The front grille seems to be slightly slimmer as well with a new finish that is reminiscent of Audi’s Sport grilles.
Mazda says the 2019 Mazda3 will come in three different powertrains each with different engines: the Skyactiv-X, Skyactiv-G and Skyactiv-D. Unfortunately, specs about the performance of the engines was not announced. However, we did get a chance to test drive the Skyactiv-X engine earlier this year and can say that it has plenty of pep to it. Mazda was also quiet on pricing.
The 2019 Mazda 3 will go on sale in early 2019 starting with North America.