2016 Mazda CX-3 is a Crispy Looking Small CUV [50 Photos & Video]

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.

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  • NG212

    Unlike Audi, Mazda never disappoints.

    I bet the AWD option, tidy proportions, and sophisticated, aggressive design details will have some reconsider their aversion to cute utes.

    The new Honda HRV looks like a goddamn dog compared to this.

    Mazda is firing on all cylinders right now. Good handling, smart and efficient engineering, and brilliant design. On the last front, they’re showing that great design isn’t only for the premium sector. I thought the Koreans were great. But forget them.

    Just get a Mazda. I know I want one.

    • Rokie

      Mazda is the NEW HONDA IMO.

  • AstonMartin

    Kudos to Kodo design. This may just make the perfect commuter. You could spend more, but why? With the money saved, buy a weekend GT.

  • Marko

    Mazda is spot on here! Mazda took the “cute” out of the stubby tall and awkward UTE! Now how do I fit my 2010 MS3’s engine and transmission in a CX3 with AWD?

  • thisguyhere

    damn you mazda. i was suppose to never like any cuv’s but you are pulling my heart strings here.

  • MarketAndChurch

    What a clean design, especially the side profile. It seems to be about the size of the MINI Countryman? Which would be just perfect. But those second-row windows are very small. Would love a 3-dr coupe lol.

  • TheHake

    Very nice, but tiny.

  • slavo

    best looking mini CUV, congratulation to
    Mazda, interior is attractive as well, which was weakness point of all japanese cars….absolutely first option from all japan marks

  • Oh wow this is stunning!! they got the rear spot on..unlike the 3 hatchback! ..just add a mesh grille then bam!!

  • klowik

    I think Mazda is aiming at the Subaru XV which has been a success. Mazda is smart that they redesign it so it has more differences than the Mazda3. This will take more sales away from the Mazda3.

    • Ash

      Take sales away from Mazda 3, I doubt it, the new CX-3 is built off the smaller new Mazda 2 platform. I thought the Sub XV competes with Mazda CX-5 class.

      • Alkas

        Actually, the CX-5 is aimed at the Forrestor

  • Vesta12

    What a thing of Beauty. I want one!!!!

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  • atomicbri

    This is a really good looking small CUV. Better than all the ones currently out (Juke, Trax, Encore,) Better looking than Honda’s H-RV or whatever it is called. If Mazda doesn’t sell a ton of these, then I don’t know why not…. I like Fiat’s new 500x and figured I would take a look and get it, but now I’ll be comparing the two of them for sure before I buy.

  • Dr Zoidberg

    “2016 Mazda CX-3 is a Crispy Looking Small CUV”

    Why? Did they burn it?

  • Rafael

    This little thing looks damn good! And those SKYACTIV engines are a masterpiece. not a bad sound, excellent fuel economy and very good performance! and low CO2… AND they’re cheap! what’s not to like?

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  • Chris

    I must say, the first time I saw the CX-3 it really threw me off. It was
    not at all what I was expecting and it didn’t immediately click with
    me. But now it’s one of my favorite iterations of Kodo design and proof
    that Mazda is capable of striking the balance between maintaining design continuity throughout their lineup, while still finding ways to keep things fresh.

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