Comparison of style between third and fourth generation of the Japanese compact, very faithful of Kodo Design
The new Mazda3 that is exhibited in world premiere at the Los Angeles Motor Show amazes for the similarity with the Kai prototype and for its ability to evolve the style of the previous series going to work “up” on the formal choices of the House of Hiroshima.
Clear roundness, a massive coupe-style rear upright and an all-revised interior are just some of the differences that make clear the stylistic growth of the new Mazda3 compared to the old one. Here we want to dwell on the many details that distinguish them , at least at the level of forms.
Thin and integrated headlights
The mandatory starting point is the front that on the new Mazda3 offers a mask, air intakes and headlights more connected and “simplified” even in the treatment of surfaces. The vertical grille is even more impressive with its glossy black honeycomb finish, a lower blade that optimizes the aerodynamics and lightening that tapers and integrates even more into the black frame of the grille; the circular shape of the lens is instead confirmed, a trademark of the Japanese manufacturer.
The C-pillar becomes important
The side view shows a new design for the fourth generation Mazda3 doors , with a half-height round recess that replaces the lower fold of the outgoing model. Where you notice the biggest difference, however, is at the rear pillar, lengthened sensitively to create a sort of coupe tail. The rear part of the roof therefore has a softer slope towards the highly inclined rear window with a large black aileron.
In the queue the license plate goes down
The rounding of the tail is then underlined by the lower movement of the license plate holder , the bumper shield and the newly designed headlights which further highlight four circular elements.
Those who board the new Mazda3 immediately realize that here too there are many innovations and the interior is more modern , especially thanks to the redesigned dashboard. Some of the external roundness is abandoned in favor of straight lines and decided on the dashboard, air vents and door panels, while the instrument panel is more open and the infotainment screen in a raised position has a diagonal of 8.8 “ .
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Space to the central tunnel
The air conditioning controls are collected in a more compact and higher group, with the central consolebecoming much wider and more rational . The gear lever is flanked by the electric parking brake control and the rotary control for the infotainment becomes larger.