2016 Mazda CX-3 Unveiled — U.S.-Spec Version Features

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 has just been introduced at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. This beautiful CUV was built on the platform of the Mazda2, but that’s not the only thing those two vehicles have in common. Since the exterior design of the 2016 CX-3 is based on the appearance of the Mazda CX-5 and the Mazda2, it caused a lot of comments indicating that the CX-3 is actually a crossover version of the Mazda2 hatchback or a smaller version of the 2016 Mazda CX-5. The subcompact crossover will be released next summer and we already know that it’s going to have amazing sales. It’s equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine. Some other markets will also get a diesel engine option, but the U.S.-spec 2016 Mazda CX-3 will come with just a gasoline mill. The release of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 will affect the expanding market segment of subcompact crossovers. It will probably attract some new customers, but it’s also going to be a severe competitor to the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X,  Honda HR-V or Chevy Trax.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Crossover Front Fascia

Exterior Design of the 2016 Mazda CX-3

The appearance of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is really amazing. Sculpted as a handsome, entertaining and inspiring crossover, the CUV is probably the most beautiful within the market niche. We already wrote about this crossover’s exterior design when we anticipated how the production version is going to look. The automaker employed the famous Kodo design language to make the 2016 CX-3 fluid and dynamic. This aesthetic approach already gained a lot of fans, but there’s something specific about this particular vehicle which will probably attract even more fans. The front fascia is dominated by a large grille that suits the crossover perfectly.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Exterior Design

Looking at its face, nobody can deny great similarity with the bigger sibling, the Mazda CX-5. However, the body of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is different. The same amount of design in a smaller package results in an outstanding effect. All those curves and gentle smooth surfaces which are intersected with sharp lines that reveal the aggressive nature of the subcompact crossover aren’t just a good example of the modern automotive design. The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is probably going to be perceived as the most beautiful vehicle within the market segment in the next several years.

2016 Mazda CX-3 CUV Introduced at Los Angeles Auto Show

2016 Mazda CX-3 SKYACTIV-G Engine, Transmission and Drive

Although we’ve been hoping that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 will come to the USA with several engine options, the 2016 model year will have just one engine offered. The other markets will get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV-D diesel engine and probably some additional gasoline options. The U.S.-spec Mazda CX-3 will come with the aforementioned 2.0-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine only. Although the automaker haven’t announced the engines power output yet, it’s known that this particular mill delivers 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of twist under the hood of the Mazda3. Even if they have made some changes, we can use those specs as an approximation of the engine’s power. Having in mind that the mill belongs to the SKYACTIV family, it’s expected that it’s going to be very reliable, durable and fuel-efficient. The only transmission available in the U.S. will be a six-speed automatic. Fortunately, the 2016 CX-3 is coming with both front- and all-wheel drive.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Interior

Interior and Technology – i-Activsense and Mazda Connect Infotainment

The interior design is inherited from the other brand’s models. This means that the CX-3’s cabin is comfortable, pleasant and equipped with the latest technology. The crossover has a lot of systems which improve the vehicle’s safety. It has the i-Activsense system available; this system encapsulates blind-spot detection, lane departure warning and frontal collision warning. Naturally, the up-to-date Mazda Connect infotainment system will be installed.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Release

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be released in the Japanese market first. It’s going to be available next spring, while the American and the European release will follow shortly after. The crossover’s release date in the U.S. is expected next summer.

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