Mazda released the current version of the 3 back in 2013, so the car is actually quite fresh. However, it looks like they are about to replace it with a brand new model. While the car will be different, it won’t be all new like some expected. Instead, the upcoming 2019 Mazda 3 is going to be more of a facelift for the 3. It will include a new engine, some changes under the skin but the overall experience will still be very similar to that currently provided by the ongoing model. While this is usually not an idea, it shouldn’t really be an issue here. Why? Well, the ongoing Mazda 3 remains one of the better cars in its class and it still is one of the prettiest too.
2019 Mazda 3 Review, Concept
As before, the car is going to use Mazda’s highly modular SkyActiv architecture which underpins most of their other vehicles too. This modular design allowed Mazda to come up with a really stiff design that has very few drawbacks. The only real letdown here has to be the electric power steering.
Unlike in some of its rivals, the one used here is a bit lacking when it comes to the provided feedback which is a bit of a shame. Even though the car’s platform didn’t change, it looks like the suspension did. Not that long ago a few journalists managed to take a ride into the new 2019 Mazda 3 and reported some interesting findings.
For starters, the car definitely feels stiffer than its predecessor. This is likely because Mazda tweaked with the suspension setup in order to make the car as responsive as possible. On top of that, it also seems like the brakes may have been slightly improved over what was previously available.
The development prototype of the new 2019 Mazda 3 looked identical to the ongoing model. Some suggested that this could mean Mazda used the cars just as mules.
While we agree that this may have been the case, it doesn’t change the fact the new 3 is not going to be all that different from the current car. We can expect a really similar front end with similar headlights and grilles.
The car may receive new color schemes, possibly a couple of new rims as well as a different set of tail lights. Sadly though, this is where most of the changes on the exterior will end.
The big changes here will mostly be aimed at making the car safer rather than prettier or more comfortable. The new 2019 Mazda 3 will feature new front seats which will be able to better dissipate the energy of a crash.
On top of that, we can also expect the car to come with a revised infotainment unit and possibly a new instrument cluster. So far Mazda has been using analogue dials, so things may change with the future 3 which may get a fully digital panel.
Engine and Specs
Even though there will be a new engine in place, it looks like the base version of the car will stick with the 2.0 liter naturally aspirated unit found on the current model.
This should still provide around 155 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque which is barely average for its class. However, Mazda will also release a SCCI version.
This will be a new 2.0 liter supercharged spark-compression ignition engine which will run on gas but use the same principle as a diesel. The best part about this engine is that it will offer all the benefits of a diesel without the drawbacks.
The unfortunate part is the fact the engine will provide 190 horsepower but it looks like it doesn’t really feel all that powerful. This was likely because the car was just a development prototype, so we do hope things will improve with it.
Release and Price
Considering what happened with the ongoing model, it is safe to assume the future Mazda 3 is not that far off. If the rumors are anything to go by then the car should hit the market right around the mid of 2018.
Its price should remain similar to that of the current model. The base car will likely cost around $19,000 with the higher end versions going for far more than that.
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