|Mazda has announced the anticipated CX-3 Compact SUV at the ongoing Los Angeles Motor Show. The CX-3 is the fifth variant to be instilled Mazda’s KODO Design and SKYACTIV Technologies, after the CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda3 and Mazda2.|
Just like the CX-5, albeit in a smaller package; the CX-3 has that familiar 5-point front grille. The CX-3’s front grille has seven fins with silver-painted front edges, plus a solid metal 3-D signature wing. Headlight layout positions the turn signals outside the main headlight unit to create a narrow, sharp design suggesting eyes gazing forward. The tips of the signature wing extend into the headlights with the integrated LEDs.
The new Mazda CX-3 has a larger-than-life profile, despite a Compact body
From the side, the CX-3’s profile far exceeds its actual body size. The Compact SUV’s profile consists of three sections: the front half of the body with a long nose and flowing shape, the cabin section, and the rather elongated rear.
In dimensions, the CX-3 has an overall length of 4,275mm, width of 1,765mm and height of 1,550mm (unladen with shark fin antenna). In addition, the long nose CX-3 has a 910mm front overhang and 795mm rear overhang, with a 2,570 mm wheelbase.
The CX-3 is presented with a clean and accentuated sense of solidity for a delectable rear impression, thanks to the SUV’s short overhang. The CX-3’s rear combination lights resemble that of the CX-5 most. Last but not least, 18-inch aluminium wheels in painted gunmetal grey and machined metal complete the CX-3’s package.
Inside, cabin trimmings and overall details have been tuned to match the CX-3’s dynamic exterior. Surrounding character line and high beltline along with the sculpted 3-D form of the door trim give an impression of a sense of snugness and openness at the front. All information displays and control systems are positioned in accordance with a driver-oriented design based on Mazda’s heads-up cockpit (HMI) concept. Trimmings comprise of dark red accent color on the door trim armrests, floor console kneepads and inner door handle bezels. At the same time, Pure White leather and off-black Lux Suede upholstery is standard for the CX-3. The soft material that covers the instrument cluster hood features a stitch-like finish on its front edge. Furthermore, the CX-3’s instrument cluster is almost a carbon copy to that of the current Mazda3.
One of the most important interior highlights is the MZD Connect in-car connectivity system, operated via the Rotary Commander or 7-inch touch screen. The system provides Bluetooth hands-free phone operation, short text messages display, internet radio and many more.
The powertrain line-up, available for European markets, includes the SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel and SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter direct-injection petrol engine. Along with Mazda’s new-generation AWD system, each option delivers adequate and linear driving performance together with low emissions. Mazda has omitted output and torque ratings for the CX-3 for the time being.
Front MacPhersons struts and a Torsion Beam at the rear ensure adequate stability and handling on the CX-3. Whereas, safety is enhanced further with the standard i-ACTIVSENSE and Proactive Safety packages.
The Mazda CX-3 is expected to go on sale in between Q1 and Q2 of 2015 in Japan, followed by the rest of the world. The compact SUV is to become a new core variant in Mazda’s existing line-up.