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Future Cars: 2015 Mazda3 Hatchback Goes Kodo



In 2004, the Mazda3's arrival on the compact car scene was a huge breath of fresh air; equipped with competent handling, performance and standout styling, it made a striking point of difference compared to its competitors and the mundane Protegé/323 that it replaced. Even in comparison to the European Ford Focus that shares its platform, the Mazda3 in my eyes set a design benchmark that still looks fresh today.
Now fast forward to 2013, and the Hiroshima based manufacturer is applying final touches to the yet-to-be officially revealed 3rd-generation Mazda3. While expected to break cover later this year, we feel that waiting is not going to satisfy our curiosity. So here it is; the all-new Mazda3, painstakingly rendered using visual clues from the many Zebra-coated prototypes spotted driving out and about. Stunning isn't it?

Immediately one will notice that it looks more mature yet dynamically aggressive than the out-going car. This is due to Mazda's continued application of its 'Kodo' design language - a styling genre previewed by the CX-5 crossover and well-received Mazda6 sedan.



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http://www.carscoops.com/2013/03/future-cars-2014-mazda3-hatchback-goes.html
 

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Re: Future Cars: 2015 Mazda3 Hatchback Goes Kodo

In 2004, the Mazda3's arrival on the compact car scene was a huge breath of fresh air; equipped with competent handling, performance and standout styling, it made a striking point of difference compared to its competitors and the mundane Protegé/323 that it replaced. Even in comparison to the European Ford Focus that shares its platform, the Mazda3 in my eyes set a design benchmark that still looks fresh today...
I *loved* the original Mz3!
BOTH the sedan and hatchback (which shared little-or-No sheetmetal!)
actually was THE Car that got me onto web forums!

then it all went weird with front wheelarches and Joker grille
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imho Kodo is still trying to recover from that drugged-out styling...
...ain't quite there yet

...at least the front
Around the back, the view is more CX-5 than Mazda6 - though it translates well with shaper surfacing and taillight detailing compared to the compact crossover.
Hope the rear(s) is/are better than that CX5 reference makes me think
 

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2015my Mazda3

thought we already had a thread for the coming Mz3... merged 6/6/13

via CarSpyShot
2015 Mazda3 interior spied for the first time - some blog about autos
By Steven J. Ewing
Posted May 8th 2013

...these latest round of spy shots don't really show us anything we haven't seen before. Oh, wait, yes they do – the interior...

...We expect that the 2015 Mazda3 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, packing both petrol and diesel engines. A sedan variant is also in the works, and should debut shortly after the hatchback...

MORE & larger pix at site...
 

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Kinda standard looking.
 

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^ that's my impression too, Logan
even: too much like the previous 3's with fresh Kodo "lipstick"

yeah, guess it's been successful** but we're going on 10 years since the 2004½ debut

** I haven't followed Mazda since the smilie-face invasion
so don't know what sales numbers have been doing


wanted to add:
quote=NoelleC @ CarSpyShots
"It was stated somewhere the long hood is required to fit the knock-resistance exhaust system, it looks like a Medusa head. That's why the current generation Mazda 3 didn't get the full Skyactiv treatment and the 13:1 compression ratio due to no room for said exhaust system."

couldn't re-find the source of this rendering from Oct'2012
so re-hosted it
 

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Re: 2015my Mazda3

That face works spectacularly on the 6, but with that back end the proportions suck. The beak is to long for the butt! Now if they were to do a 2-door with a fastback style roofline it could be awesome in a Alpha Romeo sort of way!
 
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