Adventurous fun loving Mazda fans rejoice, the specifications for the new 2016 CX-3 are here. After debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, it goes on sale later this year with a base price in the low-$20,000.
“The 2016 CX-3 is the next evolution of our mission to meld style, driving enjoyment and efficiency into a vehicle that demonstrates drivers don’t need to compromise to get what they want. CX-3 was designed to deliver all of the fun and technology of our larger models but at a price in the market where it will be a draw for buyers of all backgrounds. It is truly a vehicle that will help set the pace for its newly emerging segment.” says Jim O’Sullivan who is the president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations.
This little Mazda is a five-door crossover that’s both shorter and lower than the mid-sized CX-5. The five-seater is in the same class of compact SUVs like the Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, and Honda HR-V. It is also the fifth Mazda to come to the U.S. with something Mazda calls KODO, or Soul of Motion design, and will come equipped with all of Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology.
The CX-3 is, according to Mazda, a crossover that doesn’t compromise. Mazda points out that it brings both the practicality of a much larger SUV and the fun performance of smaller vehicle into one car. On that note, performance wise it will pack 146 horsepower with a matching amount of pound-feet of torque that will be cranked out from a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine. Sadly for stick-shift lovers, it will only be offered in a six-speed automatic transmission.
Drivers may not have many transmission options, but they will get to choose between the three trim levels of Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. It is going to feature a long hood, short overhangs, and large 16-inch wheels (18-inch on the Grand Touring).
Of course, it goes without saying that the CX-3 will be packed with technology to attract Millennials. Bluetooth phone pairing, audio streaming, USB ports for phone charging, a seven-inch touchscreen, and SMS text message audio delivery and reply will all come standard. It will also be offering as available options a BOSE audio system, blind spot monitoring, and heated exterior mirrors. All of which will come standard on the Grand Touring trim.
Look for the new CX-3 to be hitting dealerships this fall.