Mazda 3 2-door hatchback patent hints at sporty coupe

The Mazda 3 is presently obtainable solely as a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan, however latest patent filings trace at a attainable coupe model.

First noticed by CarBuzz, patent paperwork filed with the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) and European Patent Workplace present a automobile with the identical primary silhouette as the present Mazda 3 hatchback, however with two doorways.

A second patent utility filed with the USPTO describes frameless doorways, which might be an ideal match for a Mazda 3 coupe. Curiously, the doc stated the home windows might be made from strengthened plastic as a substitute of glass, presumably as a approach to save weight.

Mazda frameless door patent image

Mazda frameless door patent picture

As with all automotive patents, these paperwork do not verify any manufacturing plans. Automakers usually file patent functions to guard mental property that later will get shelved. Notice that Mazda additionally not too long ago filed patent paperwork hinting at a rotary-hybrid powertrain, as soon as once more stoking rumors of a brand new rotary sports activities automobile.

The Mazda 3 has by no means been bought as a coupe and, with the departure of the Honda Civic coupe and basic shrinking of the compact-car phase, it appears unlikely that Mazda will introduce one now.

In 250-horsepower 2.5 Turbo kind, the present Mazda 3 does not less than provide respectable efficiency. That is about as sporty because the compact automobile will get in its present incarnation, nevertheless, as Mazda has stated it has no plans for brand new MazdaSpeed fashions. These efficiency fashions are seen as conflicting with Mazda’s present try to reinvent itself as a extra upscale model. The automaker additionally must dedicate extra sources to electrification in response to stricter world emissions requirements.

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