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Click above for a series of spy shots of the 2010 Mazda3.

We've been all but assured that the covers will be pulled off the next generation Mazda3 before the end of the year, possibly in Paris, with sales expected to begin in the Spring of 2009. So it was just a matter of time before we started seeing spy shots of the new Mazda3 undergoing testing. Our new friend Chris came upon two heavily-camoed prototypes in northern New Mexico and was kind enough to send them along for our inspection.

Chris points out that while it was difficult to snap photos of the mules at 80 mph, he was able to get several shots that tipped us off to their origin. The central-mounted binnacle on the dash has been a fixture of late-model Mazdas, and the CX-9 leading the parade pretty much confirmed our suspicions.

When the new Mazda3 is finally revealed later this year, expect a similar fascia as that found on the recently redesigned Mazda6, along with a few cues pulled from Mazda's recent run of "Nagare"-inspired concepts. Four- and five-door variants are planned, with engines spanning the range from 1.5- to 2.5-liters.


 

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I can't make out much from these mules but, I am excited to see what the new Mazda3 will look like.

Mazda has been on a roll lately.
 

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I really wish that Mazda would stop making the 3 look like is was a car placed on the frame of an SUV. This thing looks so tall! It bothered me about the current version, and I see that the upcoming version isn't going to be any better.

-Chase
 

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Let's hope GM has this car in mind when they take the cover's off the 2010 Cobalt.
 

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I think the rear will mimic the new mazda2 sedan rear, you can clearly see that in the pic anyway
 
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