We've seen the concept and soon, we might be seeing the production model in a matter of time. We're talking about the next-generation Mazda 3, which may debut later this year as a 2019 model. With the patent drawings leaked, there's now a clearer idea as to how the all-new car may look like.
The sleuths over at Carscoops.com have managed to obtain patent photos of the future Mazda 3 in sedan form. By the looks of things, it appears largely faithful to the Kai concept shown during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, albeit with the addition of a trunk. As these sketches suggest, the all-new Mazda 3 will also adapt some design cues from the CX-5 and CX-9 as part of the 'Kodo' philosophy.
Should these drawings be accurate, expect the production model to come with slim headlights, a pointed nose and a much larger grill. The overall appearance of the front emulates its larger sibling, the Mazda 6. On to the side and it retains the Kai Concept's high window line, which also sweeps upwards towards the rear. Also, the door-mounted side mirrors have stuck around for the next-gen model.
These photos give a first glimpse of the Mazda 3 sedan's tail end and it's significantly different from the current generation. For instance, the license plate holder has been moved to the bumper, rather than on the trunklid. This piece of design brings back the look of the first two generations of the Mazda 3 sedan with a big, blank space on the trunk's fascia. Also, its tail lights further extend into the quarter panel and two round shapes on the light units suggest these are where the turn signals and tail lights will be placed.
Back in June, it was reported that the fourth-generation Mazda 3 will make its debut at this year's Los Angeles International Auto Show. If true, the new sedan and hatch will make their first public appearance come November. It has also been suggested that the 2019 Mazda 3 will have the first SkyActiv-X engine, a gas-fed engine which does not require spark plugs to run.