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2015 Mazda CX-3 unveiled at LA Auto Show

November 19, 2014

Mazda has just lifted the lid on the all-new, 2015 CX-3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the US. This becomes the company’s smallest SUV, slotting below the CX-5.

2015 Mazda CX-3

Designed to enter the fiercely competitive compact SUV market, the new CX-3 will come with two engine options including a SkyActiv-D 1.5-litre clean diesel and a SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre petrol engine. Local specifications are yet to be confirmed, but it’s believed it will be offered in front- and all-wheel drive form.

The CX-3 carries the traditional ‘KODO’ design language that Mazda has used on all of its latest models, including the recently updated Mazda2. It gets a large, drooping front grille dominating the front end, curvy wheel arches, and blacked-out D-pillars for a touch of sportiness.

In terms of size, the CX-3 measures 4275mm in length, 1765mm in width and sits 1550mm tall. At the front the CX-3 overhangs by 910mm with the rear offering a more nimble 795mm overhang. Details on ground clearance and approach and departure angles are yet to be released.

Inside, the CX-3 comes with a modern decor using the company’s latest MZD interface which sits atop the dash with a remote controller down near the gear lever. There’s also a simplistic dash design with minimal clutter, circular details, and various colours and tones used to spice up the atmosphere.

2015 Mazda CX-3-rear

It is expected that the new CX-3 will be released in the Australian market in March, 2015. Prices are expected to start at around $20,000.

2014 has been a busy year for the Japanese manufacturer. The CX-3 follows the fourth-generation MX-5 roadster, updates to the CX-5 and BT-50 Ute and the debut of an all-new CX-9 flagship SUV.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.