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2020 Mazda3 Spied Looking Nearly Production-Ready in the Wild

Ahead of its Los Angeles auto show reveal

We’re big fans of the Mazda3, but since it was last redesigned for the 2014 model year, it’s getting a little old. The good news is there’s a new Mazda3 coming, and we’ll see it at the Los Angeles auto show later this month. Weirdly, even though we’ve seen official teasers, we haven’t seen a production-bodied prototype in the wild. Until now.

Our spy photographer caught this Mazda3 hatchback prototype out testing alongside a Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, in addition to a current Mazda3 sedan. As you can see, it looks a lot like the current car, but we can see a bit of the rounded rear end previewed by last year’s Kai concept.

The front end looks more production-ready than the Kai, but overall, Mazda did a great job of preserving the overall design of the concept. The taillights appear to be basically the same, only flipped. Even the super-thick C-pillar remains, although there’s no telling how much of a blind spot that will create.

Our photographer was also able to grab a few shots of the Mazda3’s interior. If you’re already familiar with Mazda’s latest cabin layouts, you won’t see anything too shocking, but it is great to see a new infotainment screen that’s significantly bigger than before. Plus, it’s still got a good, old-fashioned, three-pedal manual transmission.

Look for more info when Mazda reveals the new Mazda3 at the end of this month.

Photo source: CarPix