Many automakers the world over are continuing to search for new ways through which they can slice the crossover SUV segment. Mazda on the other hand seems to have decided to take the crossover and the hatchback and to split the difference, the result being the 2016 Mazda CX-3.
2016 Mazda CX-3 changes
By shaving eleven inches off the back of the CX-5 crossover and 4 inches from the top (with sides pulled inward by three inches), the new 20116 Mazda CX-3 promises to be something totally different.Considering its origins, it is inevitable that comparisons between the CX-3 and CX-5 (possibly even the Mazda 3 hatchback) will arise. however the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is likely to have more in common with the Mazda 2 subcompact hatch than any other vehicle.
2016 Mazda CX-3 exterior design
Made available in sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is expected to present a rather bold image, with a seven stack silver colored front grille and the turn signals positioned outside the main headlamp unit, thus creating a sharp and narrow design.
When observed from the side, the 2016 CX-3 will look larger in size than it actually is (probably because of the peak of the front fenders which have been pushed backwards, seemingly lying beneath the base of the A-pillars).
Fans of Mazda will appreciate the ceramic metallic body color, designed to not only create an essence of hardness but to undergo alterations in its appearance depending on the type of light striking its surface.
2016 Mazda CX-3 interior design
Anyone that has had a chance to peak at the interior of a compact Audi might experience a sense of déjà vu upon exploring the 2016 Mazda CX-3, with upper trim levels that exceed anything that has been encountered in the CX-5 and Mazda 6 family of vehicles.
With leather surfaces that have been padded and stitched, suede seat upholstery and metallic panels of varying colors, drivers can expect to encounter 16-18 inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, Bluetooth phone, rear view camera, color touchscreen (7 inches in size), heated seats, Led headlights, Mazda Connect smartphone integration (for voice control, internet radio apps like Sticher, and audio text messaging mechanisms), heated side mirrors and a heads up display to mention but a few. Mazda is also promising to deliver it’s so called i-Activesense safety features, this including rear cross traffic alerts and automatic braking.
2016 Mazda CX-3 engine
With the 2016 Mazda CX-3, you can expect to encounter a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine capable of generating 146 horsepower and torque; American buyers will have the privilege of utilizing a six speed automatic transmission. Standard CX-3 models will boast Front-Wheel drive, with the All-Wheel-Drive system being optional.
With regards to fuel economy, the vehicle should be able to deliver 29 mpg in the city (35 mpg on the highway) for Front Wheel drive, with the All wheel drive option doing a little better.There has also been talk of Mazda offering a 4 cylinder diesel engine and manual transmission to buyers outside America.
2016 Mazda CX-3 release date and price
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 should be going on the sale in the summer of 2015 at a price floating around the $20,000 mark.