Is there anything interesting about its design?
These two are more distinctly different this time around - no longer does the sedan look just slightly longer at the back-end - there are hardly any shared panels between them.
The front end is lovely, but will likely be ruined when there’s a numberplate screwed into that gaping maw of a grille. Please don’t fit yellow-on-black plates, NSW Mazda buyers!
You won’t confuse the hatch for the sedan side-on, with unique treatment to the window-lines and an unusual shape to the rear three-quarter of the hatch. I think it looks a bit awkward, and it’s awkward to see out of the car from the driver’s seat, too. No such issue with the sedan, which is very well sorted.
The rear end has seen a bit of a return to the funky aftermarket tail-light look we saw a few gens ago, but the most jarring element on the cars at the launch in the US was the new Mazda badge. It looks cheap, even if the all-caps finish is arguably better than the existing teen-text style MaZDa.
The design of the interior is what I found most enticing, though - check out the interior images to see what I mean… just disregard the light grey leather, as we won’t get that.
The dimensions of the sedan and hatch are greater than they were in the previous version. The sedan size is 4662mm in length (on a 2775mm wheelbase - 25mm longer than before), 1797mm in width and 1445mm in height. That means it’s 82mm longer, 2mm wider and 5mm lower.
The hatch measures 4460mm (2775mm wheelbase), 1795mm and 1435mm. That makes it 10mm shorter from nose to tail, the same width, and 15mm lower to the ground.
Has that translated to improved interior dimensions? In some ways, yes, but even with the longer wheelbase there’s not a whole heap of room in the back. See below for more.
You might be able to option different alloys to spruce up the exterior design, though you’ll have to wait and see if you can get a ‘Kuroi’ style body kit with a front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear wing spoiler. Just think twice about a carbon fiber roof, eh?
On the high-grade model at launch it looked more like there’d been a luxury pack fitted than a sports pack.