2019 Mazda 3 gets teased ahead of November debut

Mazda has released a new teaser video of what is likely the all-new Mazda 3, which is slated to be unveiled in November this year. During the company’s recent Technology Briefing, it was already made known that a “leadoff batter” of its next-generation line-up will be making its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which coincidentally also takes place in November.

As is the case with most teasers, you get to see very little and are left with plenty of questions after you’re done. The vehicle shown appears to be in the form of a hatchback and very closely resembles the Kai Concept that was revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Given Mazda’s track record of converting its concepts into production ready models, this isn’t much of a surprise to us.

Anyway, what are the notable cues? For starters, the C-pillar is noticeably large here and there is also a chrome surround in the lower half of the side window. These features are exactly like what you’ll find on the Kai Concept, although the taillights have been tweaked to no longer include the light strip in the middle.

A shot of the vehicle’s side also shows conventional door handles that appear to match those seen in illustrations that found their way online recently. Based on those diagrams, the front of the new Mazda 3 will resemble that of the latest Mazda 6, with the bonnet shutline now separated from the grille and headlamps.

2019 Mazda 3 illustrations

There’s no glimpse of the interior in the brief video, but expect a diluted version of the concept’s design. The main dash is largely uninterrupted, with an infotainment screen placed above it, while slim air-con vents and various switchgear are located beneath.

Things start to get busy in the driver’s seat, with vents located on the sides of the instrument binnacle that could features a digital display within. The centre console is reminiscent of the concept’s, although the armrest is no longer skewed to the driver’s side.

We’ll get more details about the new Mazda 3 as we edge closer to November, so stay tuned.

GALLERY: Mazda Kai Concept

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  • Loqmann on Oct 17, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    (Like) Mazda 3.
    (Dislike) Civic FC

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  • the driver on Oct 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    But with a simpler torsion bar rear suspension versus multi link independent rear susension currently? Whatever, it better be an improvement over the current model

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  • kerata on Oct 17, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Sedey tengok kerata jepun nothing special

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  • Ben Yap on Oct 17, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    i only see soul red colour but no car.

    just get a civic then.

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    • Bodoh 1.5T on Oct 17, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      Hari hari civic, puih! Pls read Chinese news, all civic n crv are stopped selling due to fuel mix up with engine oil… bodoh Malaysian still buying the 1.5T n syiok sendiri

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  • Still the same old door handles :'(

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  • ok the hatch looks similar to the concept…hope it looks hot

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    • PixelRilex on Nov 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Just seen the leaked photos and some renders. Compared to the old Mazda 3, it looks all grown up and more mesculine. And also like a slimmer CX-5. Loving the looks already!

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  • Where the hell is cx8? 4th quarter my a$$…

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  • Henry on Oct 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    People who want to buy a C-segment car should wait for this M3.

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  • Aaron Kwok on Oct 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Man I hope they materialize the 3 closely to the Kai concept instead of copying the 6. Also bring back Mazdaspeed 3 please!!!

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  • Sia Chay Ming on Oct 19, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Most beutiful Backside (C Pillar), i have ever seen.

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