2016 Mazda CX-3 Details — Intriguing Crossover

By | 09/15/2014

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be released next year. The new crossover will fill up the current Mazda offer by representing an attractive, reliable and fun new vehicle to enjoy in. The details about the new model are still kept as secret, but there are some leaks which reveal the characteristics and features of the new CX-3. The new crossover will target those buyers who love the style and performance of the bigger CX-5, but seek for a more affordable model. The new SUV will be smaller than the aforementioned, it will have better fuel economy, but it will inherit most of its design and technologies. The design will be bold, interesting and attractive, the model will ride on a light platform and the crossover’s entire design will heavily rely on the famous SKYACTIV technology. As for the powertrain, the 2016 MAZDA CX-3 will offer couple of engine, both gasoline and diesel, which will have more than satisfying power output and, more importantly, excellent fuel efficiency. The new SUV will feature numerous other perks that are still unknown, so it will certainly be a delight once it is released.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Exterior Base For 2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-5 Exterior

2016 Mazda CX-3 Appearance

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be very attractive and modern. Its design will follow the basic design lines in most Mazda models, so it will look quite alike its bigger sibling, the Mazda CX-5. The CX-3 will be smaller than the latter, of course, but it will still offer enough space and comfort. The exterior will be based on the Kodo design, meaning the new SUV will have is grille, headlights and bumpers, while the interior details are currently unavailable. In addition, the new 2016 CX-3 will use the re-sized Mazda2 platform, which is developed using the SKYACTIV technology. This means that the platform is made out of light materials and that it provides enough support and sturdiness to allow tackling on any terrain, while at the same time, it is very light, so the fuel economy is improved.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Interior

Mazda CX-5 Interior

Engine Options: SKYACTIV-D Diesel & Other Engines

As for the powertrain, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 will have a couple of options offered. To start with, the new crossover will feature a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel unit. This mill will have an amazing fuel economy. Its results are an outstanding 80 mpg combined. Though this isn’t an official report, it shows that, even if this number isn’t achieved, the new model will be really fuel efficient.  In addition, the new CX-3 will also offer two gasoline engines. The first one is the turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder mill whose specs are unknown at the moment, and a naturally aspired 2.0-liter unit that can generate 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The model will also offer both six-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission, while the front-wheel drive will come as standard. The all-wheel drive hasn’t been confirmed yet, not even as an option, but we are quite confident it will be offered. After all, this is a crossover we are talking about.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Release & Price

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be released next year. Its price is still unknown, though some reports say its entry level should cost around $18,000.  More information will be available after the crossover’s debut, which should take place on some of the upcoming auto shows.

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