Mazda company, its latest crossover SUV model, the 2016 Mazda CX-3, unveiled in November 2014, at the LA Auto Show. The European audience had the opportunity to get acquainted with the latest Mazda’s creation at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Thus, the range of SUV models, this Japanese car manufacturer, expanded with new, smallest member. In the US market, 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be available in the summer of 2015. The vehicle is manufactured/assembled exclusively in Hiroshima, Japan.
2016 Mazda CX-3 Design
New 2016 Mazda CX-3 is set to the same platform as the fourth-generation Mazda 2 models. CX-3 and Mazda 2 have the same wheelbase, but the CX-3 SUV 215 mm longer and 55 mm taller, compared to the Mazda 2 model. Its appearance, the CX-3 looks like a reduced version of the CX-5 SUV, from which is shorter by 300 mm. The interior of the vehicle also has great similarities with the interior Mazda 2.
2016 Mazda CX-3 has a recognizable KODO – Soul of Motion design, as well as all vehicles of the company, which is produced from 2011. The vehicle also has a complete range of SKYACTIV technologies. This crossover is adorned prominent grille, rounded body lines, accentuated fender, as well as black C pillar gives the impression that there is a back window. Headlights have the same design as the redesigned light of the new CX-5 SUV models.
Vehicle interior is modern and well equipped. It is adorned with circular air vents, quality materials, and metallic ornaments shiny black. Also, there is a HUD display and Mazda Connect infotainment system. Vehicle security and passenger is at the highest level. 2016 Mazda CX-3 uses Mazda’s SKYACTIV body that effectively absorbs external effects. It avoids deformation of the vehicle cabin in unwanted circumstances. The vehicle is equipped with the SRS airbag system, and has seats with special security structure. This structure allows the occupant head protection.
2016 Mazda CX-3 Engines
Mazda’s latest crossover SUV will be represented in all world markets. Therefore, the company has prepared a wide range of drive units, according to the needs and demands of the market. In the US market, 2016 Mazda CX-3 will possess a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine with direct injection, in two variants, with 120 hp and 165 hp. The same engine will be available in the European version, but European buyers will be available version with a diesel engine, too. It is a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D engine with 105 horsepower. In addition to these two units, the company will offer a version with four-cylinder 1.3-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine.
All engines can be combined with SKYACTIV-MT manual or SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard on all models, while the four-wheel be optionally available. All engines are characterized by excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.
Price of 2016 CX-3
By so far, still unofficial information, price of 2016 Mazda CX-3, the US market will start at $ 20,000. With an affordable price and great performance, this crossover SUV will be very competitive models such as the Opel Mokka, Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, Suzuki Vitara, Renault Captur, Honda HR-V and others.