The third-generation Mazda 3 has been one of the best-selling models in the compact segment since its launch in 2013. However, the Japanese car-maker is already working on its successor for the 2018 model year. According to the latest reports, the all-new Mazda 3 2018 will bring a host of substantial changes. Probably the most important innovation will be the next-generation of SkyActiv engines. Namely, the 2018 Mazda 3 will benefit from homogenous charge compression ignition technology, improving fuel efficiency by 30 percent. In terms of styling, expect the upcoming model to draw inspiration from the stunning RX-Vision concept. If everything goes according to plan, we could expect the fourth-generation Mazda 3 sometime in 2018.
Design and Features
The 2018 Mazda 3 will be the first model in the brand’s lineup to adopt the RX-Vision design language. The concept that was first showcased at the 2016 Geneva motor show will also inspire the new RX-7. The RX-Vision is definitely the sportiest design made by Mazda so far, but don’t expect the Mazda 3 to feature all of its aggressive lines. The redesigned hatchback is likely to sport a similar grille and headlights that merge with the chrome frame. However, the grille will get a less aggressive design with horizontal slats in instead of the honeycomb mesh. As for the sides, the Mazda 3 will receive new fender vents, fresh wheel designs and a revised roof line. Aside from gaining several inches in length, it’s likely to retain the current-generation’s proportions.
Alongside the completely overhauled exterior, the 2018 Mazda 3 will also come with a thoroughly redesigned interior. Expect it to adopt more modern styling cues, while retaining the clean and simple cabin layout. Notable innovations should include a redesigned instrument cluster, a new steering wheel and a larger infotainment screen integrated into the dash. Just like its predecessor, the brand-new Mazda 3 will be available as a four-door sedan as well.
2018 Mazda 3 HCCI engine
Homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI) technology will bring huge fuel savings to the 2018 Mazda 3. To put it simply, an HCCI engine uses pressure to burn the air/fuel mix instead of using spark plugs. In that way, the next-generation SkyActiv powertrains will manage to achieve similar fuel efficiency to the one offered by diesel units. On top of that, this combustion method also results in reduced emissions. Detailed engine specs for the new Mazda 3 are likely to surface in the coming months.
Pricing and Competition
Although it’s still early to talk about prices, we expect the 2018 Mazda 3 to be more expensive than its predecessor. Some of its key rivals will come in the form of the Toyota Corolla, VW Golf and Ford Focus.