Is this the next Mazda 3?

Posted on Oct 10, 2017 by

At the starting later this month the Hiroshima-based manufacturer is debuting a next-generation 3 concept

2018 Mazda 3 tokyo concept

Mazda has a consistency of delivering fun-to-drive cars be they roadsters, crossovers or hatchbacks, and one of the biggest surprises in the C-segment is the hatchback that takes the fight to the Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus with one of the best chassis in class.

Recently the Japanese company also made headways in engineering announcing a new Skyactiv-X engine generation with a super-high diesel-like compression so you don’t need spark plugs to ignite the fuel and air mixture — it ignites from the pressure just like in a diesel engine, but it burns petrol, and revs high. Nice.

2018 Mazda 3 tokyo concept

Mazda’s design has also been winning the brand many fans since the split from Ford, that relationship lasted from 1974 to 2015, but the divorce had already started back in 2008. The company’s Kodo styling language now going through an evolution, and we’ll get a glimpse of it in the form of a concept car announced for the Tokyo motor show.

The Japanese will only say that it’s a compact hatchback, which means next-generation Mazda 3, and from the two teasers supplied you’d be forgiven for thinking it was some kind of gorgeous Alfa Romeo study. That car will also premiere the use of the Skyactiv-X compression-ignition engine.

2018 Mazda 3 tokyo concept

There’ll be a second concept on display too, although it’s purely a study exploring the company’s future styling vision, in the shape of a sultry four-door fastback.

Sadly Mazda makes no announcements regarding the much anticipated rotary sports car revival, whispers of which have been ongoing ever since Hiroshima stopped making the RX-8 sports car five years ago. Previously rumours ran that Mazda would show off a rotary concept at the Tokyo show, so there’s still hope we might be in for a surprise when the show kicks off on October 27.

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