Several alleged design sketches of the 2014 Mazda3 have been found on the European Trademark Office register.
Set to go on sale next year, the model has a Kodo design which closely resembles the Mazda6. Notable highlights include a sporty lower intake, wraparound taillights and a prominent grille that extends into the headlights.
Little else is known about the model, but previous reports have suggested it will ride on the same platform that underpins the CX-5. If this holds true, the car could weigh hundreds of pounds less than its predecessor.
Engine options are still shrouded in secrecy, but the U.S. variant could be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol that develops 155 bhp (116 kW). There have also been rumors about a high-performance Mazdaspeed3, but nothing is official as of yet.