Mazda has released photos and information of its new 2014 Mazda 3 compact hatchback. This marks an important debut for Mazda, as the 3 is the company’s best-selling model in the U.S.
The hatchback model in these photos showcases the company’s Kodo design language and closely follows the lines of the midsize Mazda 6 sedan. Inside, the car is also similar to the larger 6 in its design, and apparently the material quality has been upgraded across the board. There is a new infotainment system with a larger display as well. We will see the sedan model in two weeks when we get our first stint behind the wheel of the new 3.
Globally, the Mazda 3 will offer numerous Skyactiv powertrain options ranging from 1.5- to 2.5-liter gasoline engines, with a 2.2-liter Skyactiv diesel available in Europe. Expect the U.S. Mazda 3 to receive the carryover Skyactiv 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 155 hp, as well as the larger, 184-hp 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder currently found in the Mazda 6, both available with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The 2014 Mazda 3 will also feature Mazda’s i-ELOOP brake regeneration system which stores electricity to power electrical components, reducing drag on the alternator to maximize fuel efficiency. Although Mazda has confirmed that the 6 diesel will be coming to the U.S., it is unclear whether a diesel engine could find its way into a U.S.-bound 3 as well.
Check back later today for our full first look on the 2014 Mazda 3. In the meantime, check out the gallery below for photos of the new 3.