Mazda reveals the 2016 CX-3

November 19, 2014

At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda will debut the 2016 CX-3 compact CUV to the world. The new CX-3 is the Japanese carmaker’s fifth model in the new generation of vehicles featuring SKYACTIV technology and the KODO design language. In North America the crossover will be powered exclusively by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine whereas in other markets there will be a new SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engine too.

2016 Mazda CX-3 right side

The engine will be linked either to a SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or a SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission. The updated crossover will be available in both, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, depending upon the market. The new CX-3 will first launch in Japan in the spring of 2015 (February – May) with other countries following suit. The U.S. launch is scheduled for the summer of 2015 (June – September).

More details are available in the company’s press release below.


LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2014- Mazda Motor Corporation today revealed the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 to the world, in a special event on the eve of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The all-new compact crossover SUV is the fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles that feature the full suite of the company’s award-winning SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design. With the global launch starting in Japan in the spring of 2015, and in the U.S. during the summer, CX-3 is set to become a core model in the automaker’s global line-up.

2016 Mazda CX-3 front three quarters right

2016 Mazda CX-3
“These are heady times for Mazda, with profits and sales exceeding expectations and targets both in the U.S. and globally,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Irvine, Calif.-based Mazda North American Operations. “CX-3 complements the Mazda lineup, as it perfectly hits the target in a rapidly growing segment in the industry. Customers are shopping for vehicles that are fun to drive, great to look at, fit their busy lifestyles and are an outstanding value, both at purchase and when it comes time to trade it in, making every Mazda a smart choice.”

Mazda’s all-new CX-3 offers all the essentials young, busy, on-the-go urbanites look for in a vehicle. Developed to suit customers’ creative lifestyle in any scene, from inner-city driving to enjoying the great outdoors, CX-3 will be powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine exclusively in North America. Available in other markets will be the newly-introduced SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engine. Output details and specifications will be revealed at a later date, closer to launch.

2016 Mazda CX-3 rear three quarters left

Power will be transferred to either the front wheels, or through Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel-drive system, and CX-3 also will be equipped with Mazda’s unique SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission. Because driving pleasure and driving safety go hand-in-hand, CX-3 will offer a wide range of Mazda’s latest active, passive and in-car-infotainment technologies, including the Mazda Connect infotainment system and i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features.

The Mazda CX-3 will be on display throughout the run of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, along with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata which also makes its public debut at the show. Additionally, the full lineup of 2015 model-year Mazdas will be on display, as well as special racing and one-off project vehicles.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

Further information on the all-new 2016 CX-3 and new information on the 2016 MX-5 can be found in the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Press Kit on the Mazda USA Media site.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

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