Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Mazda teases its all-new 3 ahead of Los Angeles debut

Mazda teases its all-new 3 ahead of Los Angeles debut

Confirming recent speculation, Mazda has announced plans to reveal the next-generation Mazda3 in Los Angeles.

In a statement accompanying the image, Mazda said: "The all-new Mazda3 adopts a more mature interpretation of Kodo design that embodies the essence of Japanese aesthetics". It's safe to say the promising Kai concept (pictured below) is an accurate blueprint of what to expect from the road-going vehicle. The outlet revealed the event is set to open its doors to the media on November 28. After all, the overhauled platform's goal is to "deliver new dimensions of driving pleasure to customers around the world". I had a chance to drive a prototype Mazda 3 with this Skyactiv-X engine and found it to feel fairly normal in most conditions, though I did notice some knocking under some conditions. I'm excited to see how this thing turned out, and how the company improved the prototype I drove in August of a year ago. This decision is allowed to silence the four-cylinder mill in the same vein. It may mean that diesel era comes to its end for Mazda.

According to Mazda CEO Akira Marumoto, the SKYACTIV-X engine will power higher trim levels, while base-trim cars will come with the standard SKYACTIV-G 2.5-litre unit, an engine that has proven reliable and thrifty in current Mazda cars and SUVs. One of the key changes Mazda has done is to replace the multilink rear suspension with a new Mazda-patented torsion beam design, featuring a diameter that progressively thickens from the middle to the sides.

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