This is the last time we'll see the car before its big debut.
In just a few weeks, the Mazda3 will make its world debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mazda has been teasing this extremely important reveal, which will also be the first time we get to see the company's new SkyActiv-X compression ignition engine in action. So far, what we've seen of the new Mazda3 has come from teaser images and concept designs. Now, just weeks before the car's big reveal in LA, our spy photographers have captured what will likely be our last look at Mazda3 before we see it in full.
Unfortunately, even though the car is close to its debut, it is still covered in camouflage. This doesn't mean we can't still glean some interesting details from the test mule. The car pictured here is the hatchback variant, though a sedan will likely debut alongside it. Mazda has cleverly disguised many of the little details such as the headlights and taillights, though we can still get a nice idea of the car's shape. This new Mazda3 will jump into battle with the upcoming eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf and the new Toyota Corolla hatchback.
These spy shots also give us a nice look at the Mazda3's interior. We've already seen shots of the car's awesome digital gauges, but these photos give us a better idea of what the interior will look like as a whole. Mazda will still keep a highly-mounted touchscreen with an iDrive-style controller below the shifter. Speaking of the shifter, enthusiasts will be happy to see the transmission on this test mule is a manual. The steering wheel is also a new design and the interior is lined in sporty red leather. This was just a small taste and we are now even more hungry to see the new Mazda3 at the 2018 LA Auto Show.