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Old 10-19-2007, 01:04 PM   #1
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Spy Photos: 2009 Mazda 3

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Spy photographers caught the new 2009 Mazda 3 prototype during testing, and the photos prove that the new Mazda 3 is undergoing a major redesign for the 2009 model year.

Like the 2009 Mazda 6, the new Mazda 3 gets a much more aggressive design. Riding on the next-generation global Ford Focus C1 platform, the Mazda 3 will be slightly wider and longer than the current model.

The current 148-horsepower 2.0-liter motor will get a modest power increase, and the optional 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder will be upgraded to 2.5 liters. The increased displacement should provide a 20-30-hp boost.

The spy shots also reveal a new exhaust setup at the Mazda 3's rear.

What this means to you: Mazda's 3 is getting bigger and brawnier, with more power.





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Old 10-19-2007, 01:08 PM   #2
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sweet...i can't wait to see the hatch.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:22 PM   #3
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mmmmm i like the look, and the added hp and bigger engine, great idea!

and i also wanna see the hatch
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:50 PM   #4
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well it's obviously still a 3, as far as looks go. doesn't look like a "major" redesign to me. still like it though.
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^^ditto
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Possible 190hp 3 hatchback? Nice...
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:07 PM   #7
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Looks the same as my neighbors 08 3.
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190bhp 2.5L... why not play with it a tad and make it a bit more competitive with the SeR spec V and civic Si?
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WTF with this thread? There's no new look. That's just some sort of test mule with current-generation body panels (yeah, maybe the underpinnings are next-generation). Only visual difference is the bumper.
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looks pretty much the same to me...
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