Mazda has released preliminary details on the all-new CX-3 ahead of the compact SUV’s debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week.
The fifth Mazda model to combine the Japanese giant’s ‘Kodo – Soul Of Motion’ and full suite of SkyActiv engine, transmission and chassis technology, the CX-3 will deliver significant sales opportunities as it tackles the burgeoning compact SUV segment.
And if it’s anything like the larger CX-5, the Cx-3 will be a beauty, no doubt about it.
While Australian details have not as yet been released, Mazda says globally the CX-3 will be offered with both SkyActiv-D 1.5-litre clean diesel and SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre petrol engines driving through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (we’re tipping only the auto will be offered locally).
Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel-drive system (as fitted to the CX-5) is part of the story.
As well, the Mazda CX-3 will feature the i-Activsense safety technology and MZD Connect connectivity system.
The all-new Mazda CX-3 measures 4,275mm in overall length (wheelbase 2,570mm) , 1,765mm in width and stands 1,550mm high – so city maneuvering should be straight-forward.
On the styling front, the Mazda CX-3 proudly shows its lineage to other SkyActiv models like the CX-5, Mazda3 and Mazda6 – the signature grille ‘wing’ and we like the modern headlights with the indicators outside the main light.
On profile, the Mazda CX-3’s combination of long nose, rearward-pushed front fenders and blacked-out D-pillars all provides a sleek, sporty look which conveys power.
That powerful on-road presence is enhanced by the short rear overhang and optional 18-inch alloy wheels with gunmetal grey spokes.
Inside, like the CX-5, the Mazda CX-3 conveys a feeling of security thanks to the high waistline.
Soft-touch materials for the instrument cluster, quality materials and dark red accents all provide an upscale look and feel.
Rear seats are set closer to the centre than the fronts and with a higher hip-point those seated aft will enjoy an improved view (claimed to counter the effects of motion sickness).
International models include trim choices in pure white leather and LuxSuede – we haven’t yet heard if these are coming ‘Downunder’.
Sales will start in Japan in the second quarter of next year and look for more Australian details later this week.