Just as Ford and General Motors are giving up on the compact car segment, Mazda appears to be betting big on it. The Japanese automaker has debuted its all-new 2019 Mazda3 ahead of this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show with a stunning new design and tons of new options.
All-new from the ground up, this Mazda3 is based on Mazda’s new SkyActiv architecture. The new bones are comprised of more high-strength steel and an overall feel that Mazda promises is an improvement over the outgoing model. Resting atop this new architecture is a stunning new take on the brand’s Kodo design philosophy.
The new design takes aways sharp angles in favor of more curves, almost to the point of crafting a sexy compact both in sedan and hatchback form.
While the design is likely to turn heads, what’s under the hood is going to raise eyebrows. Mazda is slotting five (yes, five) engine options into its new compact car, including a diesel option. The headliners will be a new 1.8-liter diesel engine and Mazda’s first production application of its 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X engine. This is the first production engine for the North American market to employ spark-controlled compression ignition, which means that it combines gasoline and diesel combustion traits.
Rounding out the engine lineup will be a 1.5-liter, 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engine all under the SkyActiv-G badge. The five engine options will be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Inside, Mazda has adjusted its design strategy as well. The new interior is focused on refinement and simplicity. While it looks similar to other recent Mazda interiors, this one is noticeably more simple and features new technology including what Mazda calls i-Activesense, a driver monitoring system that will track the driver’s eyelid movement. In the event the driver’s condition appears impaired, the car will take actions.
The 2019 Mazda3 will hit the U.S. market early next year in sedan and hatchback format. Once launched, it will be fighting with the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla to win over those who still want a compact car.