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Mazda is on a roll these days. The new Mazda6 and CX-5 are both in contention for class supremacy. Even the aging Mazda3, despite its lack of dynamic ability compared to more contemporary European rivals, is much loved among the online community, though less so the buying crowd. A brand new 3 is imminent however, and we have an early scoop!

These photos, supplied by our European spyshots regular CarPix, reveal the car in its entirety months before it’s expected to debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. There’s camouflage abounds but there’s more than enough detail in these pictures to work out the new Mazda3’s final shape.

As expected, it takes heavy cues from the Mazda6, as it’s penned around same Kodo design language. Mazda was even kind enough to have the larger car follow the test mule around for easy comparison.

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Don’t be fooled by the white tapes; the grille is shapely and upright, much like the Mazda6’s. The far edges of the opening, likely to be chromed in production trim, elegantly connect to the bulging headlights. The side profile has a more modern hatchback shape, with tapered down window lines neatly matched by a sloping rear hatch.

One shot also shows the next Mazda3’s dashboard with minimal disguise. Again, much is shared with the Mazda6 and CX-5 but as it’s bound to carry a lighter pricetag, that’s hardly a complaint. The instrument cluster is entirely new though, as is the freestanding LCD screen on the dash top.

The Mazda3 will be launched in European-friendly hatchback form first, with a sedan variant to follow at a later date. No technical details as of yet, but you’ll know more when we do. Like what you see so far?