Will be shown alongside the facelifted CX-5 & Mazda6
Mazda has released the first teaser image of the CX-3, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19th.
Destined to become the brand's entry-level crossover, the model promises to exude "beauty and sophistication" thanks to a Kodo design that produces a "sharper form with an enhanced sense of speed." That's not much to go one but the sketch shows a stylish crossover with a prominent grille, curvaceous bodywork and what appears to be plastic body cladding.
Mazda declined to mention specifications but the CX-3 is expected to be heavily based on the Mazda2. This means there could be a variety of engines including:
A 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G with 75 PS (55 kW) and 135 Nm (99 lb-ft) of torque
A 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G with 90 PS (66 kW) and 148 Nm (109 lb-ft) of torque
A 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G i-ELOOP with 115 PS (85 kW) and 148 Nm (109 lb-ft) of torque
A 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D with 105 PS (77 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque
Besides confirming plans to introduce the CX-3 in Los Angeles, Mazda announced plans to stage the world debut of the facelifted CX-5 and Mazda6 at the show.
The all-new CX-3 compact crossover was the main attraction in Mazda’s special event that took place on November 18, at the eve of the Los Angeles Motor Show. In stark contrast, the fourth-gen MX-5 roadster was almost side-lined.
There’s a good reason for that. In the Japanese company’s own words, the CX-3 “is set to become a core model in the automaker’s global line-up” when it becomes available to customers, something that will happen next spring in Japan and during the summer in the US.
“The CX-3 complements the Mazda line-up, as it perfectly hits the target in a rapidly growing section of the industry”, said Mazda North American Operations CEO Jim O’Sullivan. “Customers are shopping for vehicles that are fun to drive, great to look at, fit their busy lifestyles and are an outstanding value both at purchase and when it comes time to trade in”, he added.
Please, spare us the “urbanites” and their creative lifestyle for which the mini crossover is ideal: the truth is that instead of a supermini, customers prefer a jacked-up version that may be based on the same platform but looks more upmarket and can optionally be equipped with four-wheel drive for that extra off-roading kudos.
While the CX-3 will be available with the new SKYACTIV engines, a 2.0-liter gasoline in the US and a 1.5-liter diesel in other markets, it looks like Mazda is, for the time being, not adopting the downsized turbocharged petrol engines like its rivals do.
Meanwhile the 2016 MX-5, whose first generation kickstarted the small roadster revival, played second fiddle to the CX-3 as it’s considered a niche product. Further proof, if any was needed, is the fact that it was allotted the same space in Mazda’s press release about the LA Show as the small SUV’s infotainment system.
It’s perfectly normal to target growing segments such as the small crossovers. Give the customers what they want, or else you’ll go bust. It just feels strange that in the City of Angels, the one place in the world where roadsters rule supreme, the MX-5 was close to a foot note along with the rest of Mazda’s range.
Seems like these small Suzuki Sidekick\Geo Tracker, and first gen Toyota RAV4s are making a come back, I think it's great, since parking here in NYC it's always squeezed. I'm sure this car will do great, though the new Honda HR-V is looking roomier and family friend in my opinion.
My Family Haulers.
2014 Honda CR-V, 2001 Mazda MPV.
it is best looking Mazda ever... and easily best looking small SUV.
Long hood, side profile crease is what makes it so good... interior is well designed even if some plastics look hard. But I hope it is relatively affordable.
Few minor things that annoy me - back design is copied from KIA and Mazda should not copy KIA, and also that all new Mazda's still have monochrome trip computers, including 6. Considering that this model is going to be $40k in Europe, i would prefer if they put color screen in there.