Mazda Confirms CX-3 Will Debut in Los Angeles
Compact Crossover Onslaught Continues with Mazda2-Based CUV
As many suspected, Mazda will be unveiling the ultra-compact CX-3 crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. As the name suggests, the crossover will take its place under the CX-5 and CX-9 as the smallest utility vehicle Mazda offers. The company hasn’t released many details about the compact crossover aside from a teaser sketch.
The CX-3 will do battle with other compact crossovers such as the forthcoming Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, and Jeep Renegade, as well as the segment-stalwart Buick Encore. Like the Mazda2-based CX-3, each of its competitors shares platforms with their respective companies’ smallest cars.
The CX-3 will likely share powertrains with the Mazda2, meaning we might get the diminutive 1.5L I-4 with about 100 hp, courtesy of Mazda’s Skyactiv suite of engine technology. We also wouldn’t be surprised if a Skyactiv 2.0L engine made its way under the hood of the crossover as an option, because 100 horses isn’t a lot, even when the vehicle is as small as the CX-3 will be. We hope it will offer both automatic and manual transmissions. One thing that’s almost certain: The CX-3 will be the most fun vehicle in the segment to drive, falling in line with Mazda’s “zoom-zoom” ethos.
A few details can be gleaned from the sketchy teaser that Mazda teased for the CX-3. It’s clear that the four-door CUV will share Mazda’s Kodo design language, borrowing strong fender lines and a pointed, shield-shaped grille from modern Mazdas. It also looks like it might not have rear quarter windows aft of the rear doors, underlining how compact this crossover will be. Still, it looks fresh and interesting, and we’re looking forward to seeing it in the metal.
The compact-crossover segment is poised to become the fastest-growing part of the automotive family. The first compact crossover, the Nissan Juke, sold better than many predicted, and demand for the segment’s second offering, the Buick Encore, has consistently outstripped supply, surprising even General Motors with its popularity. Given those vehicles’ consistent good sales, it’s not surprising that Honda, Chrysler, and Mazda want a piece of the pie.
We’ll be in Los Angeles for the auto show and will keep you updated.