We can now have a closer look at the new 2014 Mazda3 Sedan, as revealed by the guys over at Top Gear Russia. This isn’t the official reveal just yet, so we only have a small selection of pictures for now. Thankfully, one shows the new 3 Sedan parked next to a Hatchback so you can decide which one’s your favourite right away.

Off the bat the new Sedan looks well proportioned, even with the hatch’s steep windowline design feature carried over intact. The short and high boot looks good in pictures, but we’ll leave our final judgement till we see it in the flesh. For what its worth, first impressions are positive.

Already a crowd favourite, the Mazda3 is set to take it up against the class usual suspects that will include the new Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda Civic and of course the Kia Cerato we’ve just reviewed, among others.

It’ll be some time yet till we get a hold of the full local line-up specifications, but in other markets buyers will get a choice of 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5 litre petrol engines and a 2.2 litre turbodiesel motor. More info when we get them.