Mazda CX-3: a 2-based SUV to take on Chevy Trax, et al

The 2-based Mazda CX-3 SUV has been unveiled in Los Angeles, and will go on sale around the world in 2015.


The new CX-3 is latest model in Mazda’s new car onslaught. Following on from the CX-5, 6, 3, 2 and MX-5, the CX-3 is the sixth car in the range to sport the company’s Kodo design theme, and the first amongst them to have a blacked out D-pillar to create a floating roof effect.

On the inside, like the recent 3, 2 and MX-5, the CX-3 features a high quality interior with a floating tablet-style high-res display in the centre of the dash. The so-called Mazda Connect (or MZD Connect) system is available on high-end models, and allows the entertainment and nav systems to be controlled via a touchscreen or centre tunnel knob.

Available features include LED driving lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, head-up display, leather or suede interior,

In North America the CX-3 will be powered by the company’s 2-litre SkyActiv petrol engine. Elsewhere a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel will also be offered.

The CX-3 will go on sale from around March in Japan.

Dimensions (metric)

Length: 4,270mm
Width: 1,770mm
Height: 1,550mm
Wheelbase: 2,570mm

Dimensions (imperial)

Length: 168.3 inches
Width: 69.5 inches
Height: 61 inches
Wheelbase: 101.2 inches



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Mazda CX-3: a 2-based SUV to take on Chevy Trax, et al