2016 Mazda CX-3 Crossover
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today revealed the all-new Mazda CX-3 to the world. The new compact crossover SUV is the fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles that feature the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design. With global launches starting from Japan in the spring of 2015, the CX-3 is set to become a core model in the automaker’s line-up.
The all-new compact crossover SUV offers all the essentials people look for in a car; a design of overwhelming quality and style, packaging developed solely with the customer’s ease-of-use in mind, and the responsive driving feel that Mazda strives for in every model. The CX-3 was developed to suit the customer’s creative lifestyle in any scene, from inner-city driving to enjoying the great outdoors.
The powertrain line-up includes the SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engine and SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, depending on the market. Along with Mazda’s new-generation AWD system, each engine option delivers powerful and linear driving performance and outstanding environmental performance. To enhance the customer’s driving pleasure, the model also offers a wide range of Mazda’s latest technologies, including the Mazda Connect car connectivity system*1 and i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features.
A six-speed automatic transmission is mandatory, but Mazda will offer a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
We’ve seen impressive real-world gas mileage results from Skyactiv engines in other Mazda models, so it will be interesting to see how the CX-3’s performance stacks up against its EPA fuel-economy ratings, once those are released.
Like the exterior styling, the interior of the CX-3 also borrows heavily from other Mazda models. It’s also available with the latest Mazda Connect infotainment system with smartphone integration.
Other technology options include a suite of active and passive safety systems under the i-Activesense banner.
2016 Mazda CX-3 Crossover release date
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will go on sale in Japan in spring 2015, with U.S. sales likely to follow shortly after that.