The next-generation Mazda3 sedan and hatch are in the works and will have looks influenced by the new good-looking 2009 Mazda6. Based on the European Ford Focus platform and chassis expertise from the MX-5, the next-generation Mazda3 will also deliver refined performance.
Engine choices will come from Ford with petrol engines ranging from 1.4 to 2.0 liters and diesels ranging from 1.6 to 2.2 liters. As for you MPS fans, the new MazdaSpeed3 will get the 5-cylinder turbo from the Focus ST producing 250-hp. According to sources, the model will ditch its simple looks for a more aggressive design than the standard Mazda3.
Of course, fuel-efficieny will be a big part of the redesign. The next-generation Mazda3 will be lighter and is expected to use biodegradable materials.