The third-generation Mazda 3 has been around since 2013, and was given a facelift back in July 2016. A next-generation model is to be expected, and we now have some preliminary details thanks to PCAuto.

Photos of the new Mazda 3’s instrument cluster were uploaded by the Chinese publication, and it shows a fully digital display. According to the source, the display is configurable, with two display modes for drivers to choose from.

The first features a large central dial with the tachometer and speedometer, flanked by smaller dials. A more minimalist setup shows two dials with the engine revs and vehicle speed displayed in separate circles.

Besides the fancy instrument cluster, the instrument panel surround, steering wheel, buttons and stalks all appear to be lifted from the current car. Just how much the rest of the cabin will be changed remains to be seen.

Along with an evolved Kodo design language (previewed by the Kai Concept), the next Mazda 3 will also debut the carmaker’s SkyActiv-X engine, which is set to become the world’s first commercial petrol engine to use compression ignition. It will also be underpinned by the new SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture. Barring any additional details, what do you think of the interior upgrade for the Mazda 3?

GALLERY: Mazda Kai Concept