Mazda's entry into the growing subcompact crossover segment is almost here.
The Japanese carmaker has hinted at a crossover that would slot below the CX-5 in its lineup, and now it appears that vehicle--likely dubbed the 2016 Mazda CX-3--will debut in just a few weeks.
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The CX-3 will make its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and go on sale next year, according to a report from Australia's Motoring.
[UPDATE: Mazda confirmed that the 2016 CX-3 will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show after this article was originally published. Updated versions of the Mazda 6 sedan and CX-5 crossover will also debut at the show.]
It will be one of three Mazda world debuts at the show. Another may will be a refreshed and updated version of the CX-5, and the final debut will be a refreshed Mazda 6 mid-size sedan.
2016 Mazda 2 (Japanese model)
Engines should be shared with the 2 as well, meaning a selection of fuel-efficient Skyactiv four-cylinder gasoline units. We've seen impressive real-world fuel economy from these engines in the CX-5 and other current Mazdas, which bodes well for the new CX-3.
This will allow Mazda--one of the last major independent carmakers--to gain greater economies of scale from the platform. With fewer resources than many of its competitors, Mazda needs to get the most out of any money spent on new-vehicle development.
It will also give Mazda an entry of its own in a growing segment.
2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring 2.5 - First Drive, February 2013
That's leading to a flood of new subcompact crossovers, including the Fit-based Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, and the Chevrolet Trax--a twin of the Encore.
All of these models should be on sale by next year, giving the CX-3 plenty of competition.
How will the Mazda compare? We'll find out in a few weeks when the CX-3 makes its world debut in Los Angeles.