It will also be a technological powerhouse.
Mazda’s conquest of stunning automotive designs will continue this November at the Los Angeles Auto Show when it reveals the next generation Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback. According to Auto Express, the fourth-generation model will go further upmarket as part of a trend Mazda is doing with its entire lineup. Not only that, the 2019 Mazda 3 will feature a ton of new technologies, perhaps most notably the SkyActiv-X gasoline engine. It features what Mazda calls Spark Controlled Compression Ignition, or SCCI.
Typical spark plugs are required for combustion, but the tech allows for a switch to diesel-style compression ignition. In other words, the spark plugs are used for consistent combustion, allowing for gasoline engine performance with diesel engine-like fuel economy. We also spoke to Mazda Europe design director Kevin Rice last March at Geneva and he strongly hinted the new 3 will look an awful lot like the gorgeous Kai Concept. We can easily live with that. The interior will also represent quite a significant leap forward compared to the current and previous generation models. Even higher quality materials and fit and finish are expected.
An early example can be found in the recently refreshed Mazda 6 and also redesigned CX-5 and CX-9. Mazda’s timing with the unveiling is ideal because Volkswagen will also soon debut its next generation Golf hatchback. That’s one head-to-head comparison we can’t wait to experience.