The image released today reveals the upcoming hatch offers greater emotional appeal by sporting Toyota's signature front-end design, which delivers a more contemporary "family look" evident in cars like the Corolla hatch and sedan.
Unless you consider LED daytime running lights and exterior mirror mounted turning signals a must, there's no need to worry about having ordered a 2013 Suzuki Swift, because these are the only noteworthy updates found on the 2014MY hatch that appeared on the Japanese carmaker's customer website in Belgium.
Beginning with the five-door model's (we expect a four door sedan to follow at a later stage) dimensions, while the third generation Mazda3 rides on a wheelbase of 106.3 inches (2,700mm), which is 2.4 inches (61mm) longer than the previous "3", it is 1.8 inches (45.7mm) shorter in length at 175.6 inches (4,460mm). The height is also reduced by 0.6 inches (15.2mm) but the car gains 1.6 inches (40.6mm) in width. According to Mazda, "the rear seatbacks are nearly 2.0 inches taller for added passenger comfort", while front and rear shoulder room has increased to 57.2 and 54.4 inches, respectively.