Mazda CX-3 SUV crossover revealed at LA Motor Show, with new SKYACTIV 1.5-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engines
Taking centre stage at the Los Angeles Motor Show, Mazda have revealed their new SUV crossover – the Mazda CX-3. Heading up as a likely rival to the Nissan Juke and the Peugeot 2008, the CX-3 is set to go on sale in the UK in mid 2015, and is expected to be priced from around £13,000.
The newcomer follows the recently launched all-new Mazda 2 supermini as well as the all-new Mazda MX-5 . The Mazda CX-5. the CX-3’s big brother has also been given a facelift, which is being showcased at the LA Motor show too. The CX-3 has been designed with the same Kodo – Soul of Motion design, adopting the brands distinguishable fluid styling and sculpted panels, with narrow LED headlamps similar to the all-new MX-5.
Beauty isn’t just what’s on the outside
Inside, the CX-3 cabin features a whole range of technology shared throughout the latest range of 6th generation Mazda products. The dashboard layout is focused around the driver, like the all-new MX-5’s, with a head-up display, a seven-inch infotainment system (controlled through a swivel wheel on the centre console), Mazda’s in-car connectivity system – MZD Connect – allowing passengers to access the Internet on the move, and also includes features such as audio streaming and Bluetooth.
At 4,275mm, the CX-3 is a fraction longer than the Nissan Juke, but it’s lower, at only 1,550m tall. Underneath the sculpted exterior, the Mazda CX-3 boasts the latest SKYACTIV technology. Engine options will include the all-new 104bhp 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D diesel, as well as 118bhp and 148bhp versions of the 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol. Each engine option comes with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic box. The CX-3 will also feature Mazda’s new all-wheel-drive system, which features active torque control which monitors front wheel slip and distributes power evenly to maximise traction.
No Compromise on Safety
In spite of having a lightweight chassis, the construction materials of the CX-3 make it incredibly safe – 63 per cent of the body has been produced from high-strength steel and 29 per cent from ultra-high-strength steel. The body is engineered to absorb as much energy as possible during a collision, with armrests also specially designed to limit injuries to passengers.
Confirmed details of when the Mazda-CX3 is due to launch and further pricing information will of course be shared with you on our Blog. To contact one of our Mazda Sales team please call 0844 6493948 or pop into our Mazda showrooms in Bookham, Surrey or Orpington, Kent