The all-new Mazda CX-3 has broken cover at the LA motor show, a compact crossover that takes straight aim at the Nissan Juke and Vauxhall Mokka.
Taking heavy influence from the incoming new Mazda 2, the CX-3 is the latest in Mazda’s line of cars designed through the Kodo philosophy.
In general, the Mazda CX-3 looks to be a mix of the 2 and also the company’s larger SUV, the CX-5. The 2’s high chrome grille is the most prominent feature, while the skirting around the front of the car also gives the CX-3 a rather aggressive poise. The baby SUV has the same wheelbase as the 2 (2,570mm) but is longer than the small hatchback by 21.5cm.
A blacked out c-pillar also creates a floating roof effect for the CX-3.
The similarities to the 2 continue inside, with a comparable dash layout and materials. Taking centre stage in the cabin is a touchscreen that enables users to control the car’s sat-nav and internet-streamed services. Mazda’s lane departure warning system, among other safety technologies, should also make it onto the CX-3.
We have not been given specific engine details by Mazda, but we can expect the Japanese firm’s 2.0-litre petrol unit in two sets of tune and the new 1.5-litre diesel, all featuring Mazda’s SkyActiv technology.
A six-speed manual will be the CX-3’s standard transmission, but a six-speed auto will also be available. The compact crossover will also be one of the only models in its class to offer all-wheel-drive as well as front-wheel-drive; the former gets the same torque vectoring technology as in the CX-5.
We’re expecting the all-new Mazda CX-3 in our showrooms next spring.