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    1. Member J.Yossarian's Avatar
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      11-27-2018 10:28 PM #76
      C pillar on the hatch is looking thicc but I'm still digging it. Interior looks fantastic as expected. Can't wait to find out more about the engines.

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      11-27-2018 10:50 PM #78
      Mazda CEO just mentioned AWD on the live stream!

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      11-27-2018 10:56 PM #79
      Dumb observation but did they change the typeface of the trunk badge?

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      11-27-2018 10:57 PM #80
      Looks like the Skyactiv-X engine won't arrive until "later next year."

    6. 11-27-2018 10:57 PM #81
      SkyActiv-X engine won't arrive until the end of 2019 so likely not until the 2020 model year. The 2019 models will carryover the existing engines.

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      11-27-2018 11:03 PM #82
      C Pillar on the hatch is way too big, the sedan looks nice

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      11-27-2018 11:03 PM #83
      Not digging the switch to torsion beam for the rear suspension. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt until we see first drives, but seems like a very un-Mazda thing to do.

    9. 11-27-2018 11:05 PM #84
      178hp/164lb-ft for the new SkyActiv-X engine.

      https://driving.ca/mazda/mazda3/auto...ll-wheel-drive

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      11-27-2018 11:06 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post
      Looks like an anteater.

      That picture is awkward because you can't see that the rearmost part of the roofline is blacked out. It's more apparent in another color or different lighting, and makes the C-pillar look not as thick.


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      11-27-2018 11:11 PM #86
      Polymetal Gray hatch + red leather interior =

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      11-27-2018 11:29 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by J.Yossarian View Post
      Polymetal Gray hatch + red leather interior =
      This.

      Also, AWD will not be available with :manuel:

      Just confirmed it via my inventory search dropdown menu.

      Really attractive car, though.

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      11-27-2018 11:30 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by Zillon View Post
      This.

      Also, AWD will not be available with :manuel:

      Just confirmed it via my inventory search dropdown menu.

      Really attractive car, though.
      Please share the rest of what you confirmed

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      11-27-2018 11:30 PM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by proximal View Post
      That picture is awkward because you can't see that the rearmost part of the roofline is blacked out. It's more apparent in another color or different lighting, and makes the C-pillar look not as thick.

      Nope, still looks terrible.
      iain

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      11-27-2018 11:36 PM #90
      Really liking the sedan.
      • The chrome trim at the C-pillar and the tail-lights is reminiscent of the 1st gen mazda 3.
      • I'm glad they sorted out the door handle placement. The body lines flow more straight from the hood from the trunk, creating a stronger identity line to place the handles in. The prev gen 3 had a swoop that fell down near the front door and a swoop that began up from the middle of the rear door. it works well on a larger car (The design language translates much better on Mazda 6 than the 3).
      • Hood is better. They got rid of that 'lobotomy scar' that the F30 BMW started and went to more of a 'clamshell' shape as seen best on the new Kia stinger or the Camaro
      • Wheel arch/fender flares still look like it was cleaved off
      • Coming to dealers with more wheel gap than is shown on promotional products, probably.


      Add heavier steering and more sound deadening and I may consider a Mazda 3 in the future. The 3rd gen was a disappointing experience for me, but not for the reasons you might think.

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      11-27-2018 11:39 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post
      Nope, still looks terrible.

      Thank god you aren't the arbiter of good taste.

    17. 11-27-2018 11:42 PM #92
      Quote Originally Posted by squelchy451 View Post
      Really liking the sedan.
      • The chrome trim at the C-pillar and the tail-lights is reminiscent of the 1st gen mazda 3.
      • I'm glad they sorted out the door handle placement. The body lines flow more straight from the hood from the trunk, creating a stronger identity line to place the handles in. The prev gen 3 had a swoop that fell down near the front door and a swoop that began up from the middle of the rear door. it works well on a larger car (The design language translates much better on Mazda 6 than the 3).
      • Hood is better. They got rid of that 'lobotomy scar' that the F30 BMW started and went to more of a 'clamshell' shape as seen best on the new Kia stinger or the Camaro
      • Wheel arch/fender flares still look like it was cleaved off
      • Coming to dealers with more wheel gap than is shown on promotional products, probably.


      Add heavier steering and more sound deadening and I may consider a Mazda 3 in the future. The 3rd gen was a disappointing experience for me, but not for the reasons you might think.
      I like how the sedan also has dual exhaust tips now.

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      11-27-2018 11:44 PM #93
      Quote Originally Posted by nyexx View Post
      Please share the rest of what you confirmed
      Sedan looks to drop the manuel completely.

      There is no Sport trim on the hatch.

      AWD will be offered on both sedan and hatch in both Touring and Grand Touring trims.

      Manuel is Grand Touring hatch only.

      Colors on the hatch will be the following, with either black or red interiors on the Grand Touring, and black and grey on the touring.
      Sonic silver metallic
      Deep crystal blue mica
      Polymetal gray mica
      Soul red crystal metallic
      Machine gray metallic
      Titanium flash metallic
      Jet black mica
      Snowflake white pearl

      Colors on the sedan will be the following, with either black or white interiors on the Grand Touring, or black and grey on the touring, and only black interior on the sport.
      Jet black mica
      Snowflake white pearl
      Sonic silver metallic
      Deep crystal blue mica
      Machine gray metallic
      Soul red crystal metallic
      Titanium flash mica

      Sport trim will be limited to only Deep crystal blue, Snowflake white, Jet black, and Sonic silver exterior colors.

      Obviously things are subject to change, but I've confirmed that the AWD will be auto only. That is 100%.

    19. 11-27-2018 11:55 PM #94
      So it looks like Mazda US has effectively phased out the manual transmission in the US. I hope Mazda Canada provides more trim levels for the manual.

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      11-27-2018 11:57 PM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by hoodlum90 View Post
      So it looks like Mazda US has effectively phased out the manual transmission in the US. I hope Mazda Canada provides more trim levels for the manual.
      I don’t believe that to be the case.

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      11-28-2018 12:07 AM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by nyexx View Post
      I don’t believe that to be the case.
      Agreed.

      They've just doubled down on the trim that has been most popular with manuel.

      We traditionally have a tough time moving Sport and Touring manual 3s - most manuals we sell are Grand Touring trim cars.

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      11-28-2018 12:15 AM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by Zillon View Post
      Sedan looks to drop the manuel completely.

      There is no Sport trim on the hatch.

      AWD will be offered on both sedan and hatch in both Touring and Grand Touring trims.

      Manuel is Grand Touring hatch only.
      My 2015 3 was a GT hatch with manual. Was the manual similarly restricted for the 3rd gen car, or have they just determined that most people who wanted a manual got the higher trim? Interesting.

      Edit - Just saw the above post. Makes sense.

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      11-28-2018 12:16 AM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by J.Yossarian View Post
      My 2015 3 was a GT hatch with manual. Was the manual similarly restricted for the 3rd gen car, or have they just determined that most people who wanted a manual got the higher trim? Interesting.
      Somehow I just don’t believe it. The manual sold well in Touring trims too. I don’t think whatever Zillion saw is final. No manual in the Sedan seems unlikely.

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      11-28-2018 12:17 AM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by hoodlum90 View Post
      So it looks like Mazda US has effectively phased out the manual transmission in the US. I hope Mazda Canada provides more trim levels for the manual.
      No one buys a sedan with a manual. Most manuals are hatches
      And what's the word for Skyactiv X? I'm in the market late next year and I'm interested if the specs are right.

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      11-28-2018 12:25 AM #100
      Quote Originally Posted by nyexx View Post
      Somehow I just don’t believe it. The manual sold well in Touring trims too. I don’t think whatever Zillion saw is final. No manual in the Sedan seems unlikely.
      Manual in the sedan is dead. Just confirmed it.

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