Mazda CX-3 Debut Confirmed for LA Auto Show

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Mazda confirmed today that it plans to debut a new sub-compact crossover called the CX-3 next month at the LA Auto Show.

The Japanese auto manufacturer also said it plans to display a mid-cycle refreshed version of the CX-5 compact crossover at the California event. The CX-3 be based on the new Mazda2, but with beefier proportions. Mazda didn’t confirm any additional details about the vehicle, but reports suggest that it will be on sale next year. The most likely engine candidate for the U.S. market will be the company’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 155 hp.

Last week a company source hinted at an announcement that has to do with the 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine during the show. Mazda also reiterated today that it plans to offer the ND generation MX-5 with an engine of that size in the North American market. That announcement could turn out to be the yet-undisclosed output for the new sports car or it could also be powertrain confirmation for the new small crossover.

The teaser Mazda released today shows a sketch of a vehicle that is stylistically very close to the concept previews for past Mazda products based on the current KODO Soul of Motion design language all of its other vehicles save the current Mazda2 employ.

With an official debut only a few weeks away, look for more information to emerge on the CX-3 soon.

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Luke Vandezande
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