A photo claimed to be from a brochure for the facelifted Mazda 3 range was published online overnight.
Sent by a reader to Carscoops, the image seems to show the facelifted Mazda 3 hatch, known in its home market as the Mazda Axela.
According to the text at the bottom of the brochure, the hatch seen above is fitted with the company’s 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine.
Seeing as the third-generation Mazda 3 was introduced to the world around mid-2013, the popular small car is about due for a mid-life update.
Above: The Mazda 3 that’s currently in showrooms.
The grille’s chrome wings are now thicker and blend directly into the headlight clusters. Correspondingly, the headlight shape and internal graphics have been altered slightly to account for its new interaction with the grille’s chrome frame. The Mazda badge is now located entirely within the confines of the grille.
Other changes to the 3’s front-end include a redesigned lower air intake, indicators and fog lights. The turn signals on the wing mirrors have been repositioned from the side to a new band along the lower-edge of the mirror housing. While not shown in the image, expect to also see updates to the rear-end and interior.
The well-regarded hatch and sedan range has been selling strongly in Australia. At the end of April 2016, 12,733 Mazda 3 hatches and sedans have found new homes locally this year. That’s slightly behind the Toyota Corolla (12,783) and marginally ahead of the Hyundai i30 (12,654).
Expect the refreshed Mazda 3 to make its official debut some time during the second half of 2016, with an Australian introduction likely towards the end of this year or the beginning of 2017.
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