Mazda is set to debut it's upcoming CX-3 subcompact crossover at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.
We've only seen sketches so far, but from a styling perspective, the Mazda CX-3 mates SUV design cues such as thick wheel arches and an upright ride with Mazda's swoopy Kodo design language. Kodo stands for “soul of motion.” In the sketch, we can see that the CX-3 uses the same styling themes as other Mazda models, but according to the company “evolved to produce a sharper form and an enhanced sense of speed.”
This tiny crossover will share a platform with the redesigned Mazda2 hatchback, and is expected to get Mazda's SkyActiv drivetrain and chassis technologies including high-compression, direct-injection engines, advanced transmissions and lightweight materials, including the chassis design and components. It will probably share the same engines as the Mazda2 as well, including a base 1.5-litre SkyActiv four-cylinder. We're hoping that the 2.0-litre version found in the upcoming version of the Miata will be available too. It's sure to be front-wheel drive, and there will probably be an all-wheel drive version available as well. The same powertrain and architecture is also shared with the next version of the Toyota Yaris.
Small SUVs are the second largest segment in Canada, and sales are up about 20 percent this year. Rivals in the subcompact crossover segment, nicknamed 'Cute Utes' or 'Utelets', include the Nissan Juke and Buick Encore. Other new entries include the Fit-based Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, and the Chevrolet Trax- a twin of the Encore.
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is set to go on sale in mid-2015. This debut of the CX-3 follows the recent launches of the Mazda MX-5/Miata this summer, and the fourth-generation Mazda2. We will learn more at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which begins November 18.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca