The compact crossover segment has exploded with new models of late. This once niche market is growing by the day being driven by consumer demand for these high riding hatchbacks. The Nissan Juke, Vauxhall Mokka, Ford EcoSport and Renault Captur have been fighting amongst themselves for a while now, but the up and coming offering from Mazda will see the brawl get even more intense. Their CX-5 crossover has done very well and so it makes perfect business sense to expand upon this success. At the 2014 LA auto show the Mazda CX-3 has been revealed.
Continuing the Japanese companies Kodo “soul of motion” design language, the new Mazda CX-3 has a dynamic appearance and follows many traits set down by the Mazda 3 and recently unveiled Mazda 2. Mazda’s push for more premium products is evident from the rather plush interior which features sculpted surfaces and an ergonomic design. Three engines will be on offer including a 2.0 litre petrol, with two different outputs, as well as a 1.5 litre diesel. An advantage that the Mazda CX-3 has over competitors is that it will be avertible in both front and all wheel drive.
Pricing has yet to be announced but sales begin next spring.