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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 26,370
    I kinda like it. Looks like a cross between a Mazda 6, an RX8 and a Renault Like this)> y1/Medium/avantime.html

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • bluong1bluong1 Posts: 1,927
    It seems a tad smaller (shorter) than the P5. I found the tail light similar to the Corolla (and Mazda6). From the back, it look like the old Ford Fiesta. 4-disk brake, yeahh...
  • Wow, that isn't much of a change over the current P5. I'm glad I bought a '6. I expected much more.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    but I think it looked a bit more radical in the rear...
  • I haven't seen the back end. Only front and side, so I can only comment on the first pic.

    That's it pal. That's the car.

    I think people will be surprised at how different the sedan loks from the 5-door.

    You agree malt?
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    The sedan is way different.
  • civicwcivicw Posts: 135
    I'm looking for a sub-compact hatch from Honda/Toyota/Mazda that handles like the Protege or Civic. Don't really want the Pro-5, since it's close to EOL.

    The only one I see on the near term horizon is the Toyota ist/aka Scion XA. I've checked out this car while visiting Japan, but would prefer something a little larger.
  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    Does the front of the hatch look like the sedan?
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586

    The Golf is a looker!

    This Czech site confirms this is indeed the HB 3.

    Could not find any other pics and no mention of the sedan whatsoever.

  • newcar31newcar31 Posts: 3,711
    that Focus actually looks attractive. Any details on the engines available in NA for the Mazda3?
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    There seems to be a lot of Russian auto sites confirming this. I found many other links with this pic from Hungarian sites too.

    Blue 3:

    Silver 3: 992

    Could this also be it?:

    Note the similarities with the 2:

  • alternatoralternator IndianaPosts: 629
    appears to me to have the "most likely to be authentic" Mazda3 picture. But is this the hatchback? It looks like a sedan to me. In any case I don't like the bulging hood look. I believe the current Protege has a distinctive depressed central area in the hood that makes it stand out from less attractive small sedans. Just my opinion.
  • The link that Wongpres posted: p;am- p;am- p;pos=1

    IS an authentic picture of the Mazda3 5-door. I have seen photos of the car. The North American model looks a little different because it has fog lights and a somewhat sportier appearance (like the current P5), but this is the car.

    The lines are identical to the picture I have seen. Lucky me though, I have also seen the sedan which looks quite different from the 5-door.
  • wongpreswongpres Posts: 422
    Thanks groovy and maltb for confirming.

    One question though, you both mention the rear of the sedan is different, how about the front, are the hatch and sedan the same at the front?

    Oh yeah, there is an article associated with those pics: 489

    If someone can read German, please give us the highlights.
  • alternatoralternator IndianaPosts: 629
    I'm not doubting that the site you mentioned authentically shows a Mazda3 hatchback. But does dinu01's Czeck site not show what may well be a Mazda3 sedan?

    Amusingly, a word-for-word translation of that text from the German site is as follows:

    "That becomes out of the Mazda 323 a little Alfa (design), very much Ford (basis) – is finished the new MAZDA3. CAR PICTURE shows how the 323 successor will look. And betrays, what it can.

    30.01.2003 - Mazdas success balance the last months can see let itself: into the black encountered has the team out of Hiroshima with the new MAZDA6, and also the MAZDA2 has the thing to the success model. In October 2003 the third stroke follows with the MAZDA3.

    The successor of the 323 is the first car on the new C platform compact class series) – the Ford focus and the second levy of the Volvo S40/V40 are not on the other hand 2004 series ripe before end. Martin Leach knows exactly, what approaches on it: "much load dynamics for relatively little money – we become us exert must."

    The MAZDA3 comes four weeks after the world premiere on the IAA at the same time as an oblique stern and as a saloon car on the market. Follow a fünftüriger Hochdachkombi as a Wachablöse for the Premacy and a not yet officially confirmed viersitziges Cabriolet whose Dachmimik loans should take in the Ford focus and in the Volvo C50. Also a three door sporting, that is conceivable becomes already today a second career as a bargain basis model for the wide sport before statements – in connection with all wheel drive and Turbopower.

    To the start, there are three motors: • 1,4-Liter-16V, gasoline, 80 HP • 1,6-Liter-16V, gasoline, 100 HP • 1,6-Liter-16V, diesel, 110 HP. Middle 2004 starts then the 140 HP of strong 2,0-Liter-Benziner. Firm engagements on the program possess also two new gasoline Direkteinspritzer.

    You learn all further details to the MAZDA3 in the new CARS PICTURE, notebook 5/2003. as of Friday, 31 January 2003, at the newsstand, at gasoline station booths and in the periodicals trade".

    Congratulations if you can make much from that! German teachers to the rescue here please?
  • I think its just a strange angle shot of the 5-door. The sedan looks quite different from the hatch. The back half of the car is very reminiscent of the current Jetta.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Could this be a HB variant of the 3 or is this the wagon (current P5)? The back does not look to resemble the silver pic from AUTO BILT (The German site).

  • alternatoralternator IndianaPosts: 629
    I see a sedan in the Czeck picture because there appears to be a straight-across "package shelf" (so-called but shouldn't be used for that!) at the rear.
  • alternatoralternator IndianaPosts: 629
    Still a word for word translation, but this looks a little more readable (or does it?):

    That becomes from the Mazda 323 a little Alfa (Design), completely much Ford (basis)? the new Mazda3 is finished. AUTO PICTURE shows, how will look the 323 successors. And betrays, what he can do. 30.01.2003 - Mazdas success balance of the last months can be able to be seen: In the black the team from Hiroshima with the new Mazda6 met, and also the Mazda2 has that things to the success model. In October 2003 the third caper follows with the Mazda3. The successor 323 is the first car on the new C-platform (compact class)? the Ford focus and the second edition of the Volvo S40/V40 are not series ripe against it before end of 2004. Martin Leach knows exactly, what comes to him: "much driving dynamics for relatively little money? we will have ourselves to exert." The Mazda3 comes four weeks to the world premiere on the IAA at the same time as schraegheck and as sedan on the market. Follow a fuenftueriger high roof combination as if awake-replace for the Premacy and a not yet officially confirmed viersitziges Cabriolet, whose Dachmimik is to take loans with the Ford focus and with the Volvo C50. Conceivable also is a sporty Dreituerer, which already today a second career is forecast as low-priced basis model for the spreading haven? in connection with all-wheel drive and turbo-power. For the start there are three engines: 1,4-Liter-16V, gasoline, 80 HP? 1,6-Liter-16V, gasoline, 100 HP? 1,6-Liter-16V, Diesel, 110 HP. In the middle of 2004 starts then 140 HP strong 2,0-Liter-Benziner. Also two new gasoline direct A splashes possess firm one commitment on the play plan. All further details to the Mazda3 experience you in the new AUTO PICTURE, number 5/2003. Starting from Friday, 31 January 2003, at the kiosk, at gas stations and in the magazine trade.
  • Absolutely slay me! I love it.

    "much driving dynamics for relatively little money? we will have ourselves to exert."

    Sounds like an interview with Yoda.
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Yeah these are pretty hilarious.

  • wongpreswongpres Posts: 422
    Two pics of the sedan (and photos this time, as opposed to pictures).

    Again, groovy and maltb, can you confirm:

    I noticed that these URL's are very slow, so if it doesn't work try again.
  • I'm very impressed with your web searching skills. This looks like the car to me. Again, I have not seen rear end shots of the hatch and sedan, but I'm quite positive that this is accurate.
  • I'm torn. I like it, but I don't. I'm not getting the same feeling I got the first time I saw the 6. Looks like Mazda is adopting a Nissan style C-pillar. Bah.
  • Referring to this: p;am- p;am- p;pos=1

    How the hell does the hood open? Does the grille raise up w/ the hood or something?
  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    Yeah that's the car!

    I like the front in that it's a Mazda6. The back looks like a G35 sedan with the lights (to me at least).

    But I'm not thrilled by its design as I am with the 6's, yet they are VERY similar. Maybe I wish Mazda made the front a bit different. It resembles the 6 too much and looses the personality the current PRO has.

    I'm torn.

  • dinu01dinu01 Posts: 2,586
    I opened the links again and looked and stared for a bit more.

    The side says Jetta for some reason.

    The car seems a little too high off the ground. The current PRO has the height perfect!

    The tires don't fill the wheel area like they should.

    For a second the word "Corolla" came to mind when I look at its height. I hope it's just a stupid impression and not a styling disaster like Corollas.

    And for some reason the words "Skoda Octavia" also some to mind when looking at the rear's picture - the Octavia is Skoda's version of the Jetta (maybe that's why we see similarities).

    I need some time to get used to this pic. At the moment the sedan looks to me worse than the wagon; the wagon looks good. The 6 looks better.

  • the_big_hthe_big_h Posts: 1,583
    but that's probably because I'm too used to the RX-7 :-P
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