That didn't take long. Less than a week after letting a teaser image slip onto the net, the sedan version of Mazda's new 3 small car has surfaced online.
Appearing in the Russian press today, these images offer the first official look at the new Mazda3 sedan, following last week's full unveiling of the hatch.
Looking every bit the 'mini-me' of its larger Mazda6 stablemate, the new Mazda3 sedan will join its hatch sibling in Australian showrooms next year.
The design of the new 3 sedan is a familiar recipe, wearing the same front-end and profile styling featured on the new hatch, while evoking the look of the CX-5 SUV that shares its platform.
And, while the 3 sedan looks similar to the Mazda6, the little four-door gets a (subtly) unique tail-light design, different to both the 3 hatch and the larger 6.
Mechanically, the Mazda3 sedan will be a match for the hatch, debuting with two SkyActiv petrol engines and, in some markets, a SkyActiv diesel option.
The diesel is not on the Mazda3's initial launch schedule in Australia, but the company's local arm is understood to have put its hand up for the oil-burner.
A hybrid version of the new small car is also expected to debut in the near future, although it is unclear which markets will get this petrol-electric offering.
None of the new Mazda3 models are expected in Australia until next year however, so the ageing second-generation model will soldier on a little longer.
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