First images: new Mazda 3
The picture is among those filed by Mazda at OHIM, the European agency responsible for registering trademarks and designs in the 27 countries of the EU.
The car appears to retain the basic shape of the current model, although there are clear design cues from recent Mazda launches, such as the front grille and tail lamps.
The Mazda 3 saloon will be unveiled at next week's Los Angeles motor show, while the Mazda 3 hatchback will be shown at the Bologna motor show in December.
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