Next-gen Mazda3 to be unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show in November
The fourth generation of the Mazda3 will be unveiled at Los Angeles Auto Show in November before going on sale in 2019, according to British car site AutoExpress, which paired the report with a few images of what it claims to be the production model.
The unit, heavily inspired by the Kai concept that Mazda unveiled last year at the Tokyo Motor Show, will be the first vehicle to use the new SkyActiv Architecture, as well as the revolutionary SkyActiv-X engine, which features a technology called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SCCI) that allows the engine to run on a leaner air-fuel mixture without the need of spark plugs, just like a diesel engine.
Current version of the Mazda3 is manufactured in Mexico, Japan and Thailand, but it is unknown where production of the next generation will take place, although it is to be expected that the Japanese plant gets the honor of producing the first units.
Mazda also builds engines at its Mexican premises, hence production of the SkyActiv-X engine is likely to take place in there in case the company decides to build the next generation of the Mazda3 in Salamanca, Guanajuato, where the assembly facility is located.