Official photos of the all-new Mazda 3 have been leaked ahead of an official debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, featuring both the sedan and hatchback models. Unsurprisingly, the design of the new Mazda 3 is heavily derived from the Kai Concept, albeit with some tweaks.

At the front, a long, flowing bonnet leads into a more aggressively-shaped front grille, which comes with two different inlay designs. Said grille is flanked by a pair of slim headlamps, while further down, the subtle protrusions in the corners of the lower apron are similar to those on the Kai Concept. On the sedan seen here, that design cue integrates with the car’s fog lamps and the lower intake is cordoned off by a pseudo lip piece.

As was demonstrated with the Vision Coupe, Mazda is doing away with prominent character lines on its future models. On the Mazda 3, the Japanese carmaker shaped the body so linear transitions in light and shadow create a “vortex effect” that is seen between the front and rear wheel arches.

It is also from this angle where the shocking similarity between the concept and hatchback becomes apparent, most noticeably by the rather large C-pillars, which aren’t present on the sedan due to its larger boot section.

Moving to the rear, both models sport taillights with circular elements within them that are not unlike those on the Kai, and significantly different from the third-generation car. The lower section is mirrored on both cars, with slightly protruded sides framing the area that accommodates the number plate holder and reflector/fog lamps. We see dual exhausts on the hatchback, while it looks like the sedan only gets the one.

Focusing on the interior, you’ll find the new Mazda 3’s dashboard is divided into two parts, with an infotainment screen being placed in a small cubby up top. This is isolated from the climate control switchgear, which is placed in line with the centre and passenger-side air vents.

Further down, the centre console plays host to both the controls for the infotainment system, gear lever and a rather flat armrest. Meanwhile, the driver gets his/her own set of vents that are placed on either sides of the instrument binnacle, which could feature a digital display within.

Aside from the revamped design, the Mazda 3 is said to adopt the company’s next-generation SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture, SkyActiv engines, including its SkyActiv-X compression ignition powerplant, and latest Mazda Connect system. More details will be available when the new Mazda 3 is revealed in full. Like what you see so far?

GALLERY: 2019 Mazda 3 spyshots

GALLERY: Mazda Kai Concept

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