Here it is, in all its glory; the all-new CX-3, Mazda’s first effort at making a small crossover that will be officially revealed at this week’s LA Auto Show.
It uses the same the ‘Kodo’ design language as the car it is based on, the Mazda2 sub-compact hatch, with which it also shares its interior that has a clean, modern look with a large pop-up infotainment screen and sporty three-spoke steering wheel.
The CX-3 rides on the same 2,570mm (101.2 in) wheelbase as the Mazda2, but it’s notably longer (+215mm / 8.5 in) at 4,275mm and taller (55mm / 2.17 in) at 1,550mm (61 in)
It will be offered in both front- and all-wheel drive versions, with the North American model to be powered by Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Mazda did not provide any other details, but we suspect that the four-cylinder unit will be coupled exclusively to a SKYACTIV 6-speed automatic.
European buyers will have an expanded choice of three engines, including the aforementioned 2.0-liter petrol unit in two power outputs and Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel, paired to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Output details and specifications will be revealed at a later date.
The CX-3’s global launch will start in Japan and Europe in spring of 2015, and in the U.S. during the summer of the same year.