The all-new 2014 Mazda 3 was revealed at the end of June, but only as a five-door hatchback--the model that will be the mainstay in Japan and Europe.
Now we've had our first look at the 2014 Mazda3 four-door sedan in person; it was displayed at last week's Frankfurt Auto Show.
The pictures show the car on its display stand, letting us see what it looks like "in the flesh"---as opposed to only in the photos Mazda released.
The new compact four-door shares the Kodo design language with the 2014 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan, which went on sale early this year.
And to our eyes, it's considerably more graceful than the last-generation Mazda 3 four-door sedan it supersedes.
The two models of the 2014 Mazda 3 are the first compacts Mazda has designed from the ground up for its ultra-efficient SkyActiv powertrains.
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For the U.S., two engines will be offered: a 2.0-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder rated at 155 horsepower, along with a more powerful 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder.
The smaller engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission; the larger only comes with the automatic.
The gas-mileage champ in the lineup is the 2014 Mazda 3 sedan with the 2.0-liter engine and the automatic, at 34 mpg combined (30 mpg city, 41 mpg highway).
All other models with the 2.0-liter engine (manual sedan, manual or automatic hatchback) are rated at 33 mpg combined, with their city and highway cycle numbers varying slightly.
2014 Mazda 3 four-door sedan, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show [photo: IndianAutosBlog]Enlarge Photo
Move up to the 2.5-liter engine and the sedan's combined rating falls to 32 mpg combined; the hatchback is rated at either 31 mpg or 32 mpg combined, depending on trim level.
We tested the 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine in a 2012 Mazda 3 sedan, which delivered real-world fuel economy higher than its EPA ratings. So we're really looking forward to testing the all-new compact in either body style.
A diesel version of the Mazda 3, required for other markets, hasn't been announced for the U.S.
Sales of the all-new 2014 Mazda 3 are to begin this fall.
Enjoy the photos, which are just one element of our complete 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show coverage.
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[Photos from IndianAutosBlog; used with permission and thanks.]