Mazda to unveil new CX-3 in LA

Mazda is due to unveil its all-new CX-3 compact crossover SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show late next month.

Just like Perrys predicted earlier this month, the CX-3 will be similar to the popular CX-5 and will feature a suite of Mazda’s efficient SKYACTIV technology.

Official pictures have yet to surface, but Mazda has released a teaser image ahead of the mini-SUV’s debut in LA, which appears to show a sleek and aerodynamic crossover with sharp, flowing lines.

KODO design

The carmaker has said that the CX-3 is inspired by the KODO design theme which features on all of Mazda’s current line-up, evoking “a sharper form with an enhanced sense of speed”.

Aside from its announcement, Mazda has remained tight-lipped about the specs featured in the new CX-3, though it’s widely believed that it will share a platform with the upcoming Mazda2 supermini.

Resultantly, the CX-3 may come with the same SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre diesel that has been confirmed for the Mazda2, which produces 104bhp with 220Nm of torque.

The super-frugal new diesel engine will apparently return 83mpg with CO2 emissions of just 89g/km, making it tax free with the Mazda2, so the CX-3 could return similar performance.

Mazda has said that the engine will be available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, plus start-stop technology to further improve the engine’s efficiency.

On top of that, it’s also expected that the CX-3 will come with a full range of creature comforts, which could include an MZD Connect infotainment system and possibly Mazda’s new adaptive LED lights.

The Los Angeles Auto Show will run from the 21st to the 30th of November, and will also mark the North American debut of the latest-generation MX-5 roadster.

Unveiled last month, the new MX-5 is lower, wider and meaner looking than the outgoing model, with a new fascia designed in conjunction with Fiat for the first time.

Built from lightweight aluminium, it’s also 100kg lighter than the previous model, which Mazda says will increase the best-selling roadster’s handling reputation, and will improve economy and efficiency.

SKYACTIV

Engine options for the new MX-5 will include a 1.5-litre SKYACTIV petrol engine, which comes linked with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Pricing for the MX-5 has yet to be announced, but it’s expected to go on sale early next year for under £20,000. Likewise, the CX-3 mini crossover is expected to go on sale next year, following its debut in LA.