I'm interested to know if anyone out there has details on the 2004 Mazda3 (next gen protege). Here's what I know.
It will be built on a new platform that will be shared with the Ford Focus. I know that fact will draw lots of moans and groans, but it actually doesn't bother me. The current Focus PLATFORM is a good one and Ford has proved that it can build excellent platforms with the Mondeo and Lincoln LS/Jaguar X-Type.
The car will use Mazda's new MZR four cylinder engine family, apparently including the 2.3L - which puts out 150HP in NA and 162 HP in Europe. Should make for very good performance if those numbers hold or improve.
Other than that I know very little, other than the fact that the car will borrow styling cues from the RX-8. Any additional info would be appreciated.