Mazda CX-3: Smallest Crossover Ever Offered By The Japanese Debuts In Europe In Spring 2015
|   Sunday, November 30, 2014
Mazda introduced the new CX-3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The class is a small crossover that will debut on the European market next spring.
The model presents the Kodo design language found on its younger brother, Mazda2, from which it is also taking the inside. The CX-3 also has in common with the Mazda2 the wheelbase, but is longer, wider and taller than that.

The Japanese will offer a four-wheel drive version of the new Mazda2 as well as a front-wheel drive version.
Customers in Europe will be offered three engines, represented by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0 propeller available in two power versions and powered by gasoline along with the new 1.5-liter diesel SKYACTIV-D. Most probably the engines will be offered with the six-speed manual transmission, as well as and a six-speed automatic unit.

In terms of design, the Mazda CX-3 resembles its younger brother and comes with a prominent grille and pulled back taillights. The body has an elegant shape when viewed from the side, while the posterior is shaped in a show-off way through a C-pillar painted in gloss black to simulate a continuous glass between the rear window and rear doors.

The back design is a mix of aesthetic Mazda2traits with the SUV silhouette of its CX-5big brother. The dimensions of the CX-3 place the new model between the small and compact segment, as it is 10 centimeters longer than a Nissan Juke, for example, but a few millimeters shorter than an Opel Mokka.

The interior of the Mazda CX-3 is an enlarged version of the one found on the Mazda2, which has seen improvements in the form of new stylistic elements. In the case of the CX-3, we see several metal trims and black gloss finish and a set of round ventilation slots. Higher equipment grades will have amenities like the Mazda Connect infotainment system and a head-up display.

The new CX-3 has compact dimensions, being smaller than the CX-5 model from which it is inspired. It stands at 4,275 mm long, 1,765 mm wide, 1,550 mm height and a wheelbase of 2,570 mm. The suspensions are independent MacPherson type in the front and torsion beam in the rear. Also, the brakes benefit from ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. Large 18-inche wheels are fitted on the CX-3.

In a United States trim, the Mazda CX-3 will only get a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Drivers on other markets will also have the other choice of the 6-speed manual transmission.

The standard configuration is front wheel-drive but Mazda also offers an optional all-wheel-drive package that is designed to sense and reduce front wheel slippage on slick road surfaces.

Now that the company is in the race to dominate the city SUV niche, there are very few names left on the sidelines. Right now, Mazda's main competitors will go from the rivals like the Nissan Juke, an early bird, to the new Mercedes-Benz GLA, right at the upper end of the segment.
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