2016 Mazda CX-3 Design and Preview

2016 Mazda CX-3 Design – Mazda pulled the wraps off of the 2016 Mazda CX-3 at the 2014 LA Auto Show, a new subcompact crossover in a totally new segment for the automaker. The new CX-3 will find itself in competition with established models like the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul and enter the market alongside the recently announced Honda HR-V and Fiat 500x.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Design

Mazda’s KODO design language is once again on display, presenting some increasingly familiar styling touchstones including a five-point grille that integrates neatly with the front headlights to present an almost protruding snout that’s both clean and complex. Like previous KODO designs, the CX-3’s profile features swoopy character lines that highlight the wheel arches and a higher beltline. Mazda has cleverly chosen to black out the CX-3’s D-pillar in favor of a floating roof look, a design decision that adds to the model’s fashionable styling. It’s the rear of the design that borrows most heavily from the Mazda2, largely in the shape of the headlights and rear hatch.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Design

Globally, under that fashionable sheetmetal sits Mazda’s 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder that can be mated to a six-speed manual or automatic. Unfortunately, in North America, it looks like we’ll only get the automatic. Regardless of gearbox, power can be sent to an optional next-gen all-wheel-drive system that uses the active torque control system found on the Mazda CX-5. Like the Mazda2, front-drive is standard.2016 Mazda CX-3 Design

Further mechanical details remain in short supply, but we can discuss Mazda’s efforts in the cabin. Like the Mazda2, the CX-3 shown here boasts a pretty red, white and black color scheme. The interior isn’t a fussy place, displaying a minimum of buttons and knobs. Driver interfaces include a small-diameter steering wheel that looks like a lot of fun to work, and a (likely optional) head-up display and larger pop-up infotainment screen strike us as very high-end features for what will likely be a rather affordable vehicle.

Front-wheel drive is the standard configuration, but a new generation of the Mazda CX-5’s on-demand all-wheel drive system will be offered as an option. This system will feature a new, lighter rear differential and revised slip-detection. Global CX-3 models will be available with 1.5L Skyactiv D engine and either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

We’ll have much more on the 2016 CX-3 when it makes its debut on the floor of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Until then, scroll down for the press release from the Zoom-Zoom brand, and be sure to check out the all-new CX-3 in the large gallery posted above. (via autoblog)

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