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Gray 2019 Mazda3 under a Bridge

The new 2019 Mazda3 compact car

It was during the Los Angeles Motor Show that the Japanese manufacturer Mazda decided to lift the veil on the fourth generation of its compact car. As the Japanese manufacturer indicates in a recent press release, North America will be the first market to benefit from this new Mazda3 from early 2019.

Before getting to the heart of the matter, let's start with my first impression of this new Mazda3. First, I have to tell you that I was rather shocked, especially when it comes to the hatchback version. Granted, we kinda expected it to look like this, but I have to say that I highly doubted the Japanese manufacturer would be so daring. Actually, I'm not negatively shocked, but rather surprised that Mazda has finally decided to go for a more drastic finish. It must be said that the Japanese compact had seriously lost the rating in recent years and it seriously does good for a new look as impressive.

KODO

As promised by the Japanese manufacturer, the new Mazda 3 adopts the all new KODO platform and this is a good thing in my opinion since the latter has been studied to be even more efficient than in the previous generation. In the end, the car will also be more elegant and probably more fun to drive. In short, we win on all fronts.

Mazda also indicated that the general build quality of its cars has been improved. Thus, new, more refined finishes will be available for the interior of the Mazda3. Nevertheless, where it becomes even more interesting for the compact of the Japanese manufacturer, it is at the level of technologies since the Mazda3 2019 will be entitled to a brand new 8.8-inch floating screen which will be divided and much more efficient as we promise. Japanese manufacturer. According to Mazda, its interface has been simplified and we can now choose new functions through this screen such as the different driving modes. And that's not all, the 2019 Mazda 3 also benefits from a display on the windshield as well as a BOSE sound system.

Handpicked engines

By far, one of the most expected features of the new Mazda 3 is the new SKYACTIV X engine. In fact, the Japanese manufacturer has been talking about it for several months and as expected, this the latter will officially be among the Mazda 3's lineup for 2019.

For those who do not know what it is, the new SKYACTIV X powertrain is a gasoline engine with a compression ratio as high as that of a diesel engine, which means that the fuel has no not necessarily need an explosion to ignite. It only takes a fairly high pressure. This is a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine and I have to tell you that not much is known about it at the moment. However, operating without the aid of a spark plug should allow this engine to display better fuel consumption while maintaining reasonable performance.

For the rest, the Mazda3 will still offer the same engines as usual, namely, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine developing 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque as well as a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. developing 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque.

That's not all since the Japanese automaker also had another surprise for us at the Los Angeles Auto Show. If you don't know yet, it turns out that the 2019 Mazda 3 will also be offered with all-wheel drive, which could hurt the competition.

A promising future

The first Mazda3 arrived on the market in 2003 as a replacement for the Mazda Protege and since its introduction on the market, it has sold over 6 million copies, which is still not nothing. Granted, the first generation had to face some serious rusting issues, but the car still managed to be among the most popular models in its class year after year until the third generation faced its entry into the market. scene. The latter ditched the sport version and it was nothing really exciting. I believe that is why the Japanese manufacturer is coming back to the charge with a 2019 Mazda 3 more daring than ever. The latter will certainly capture the attention of future buyers. Moreover, Mazda is already expecting great popularity from the model and it is for this reason that the new compact will enter the market in the spring of 2019.