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2016 Mazda CX3 reveal at LA Auto Show

By Jim Robinson Wheels.ca

Nov 19, 2014 2 min. read

Article was updated 9 years ago

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2016 Mazda CX3 steals the LA Auto Show limelight

LOS ANGELES, CA: On the eve (Nov. 18) of this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda stole the show with the world debut of its 2016 Mazda CX3 compact CUV.

The vehicle joins the automaker’s growing crossover SUV lineup which includes the compact CX5 and three-row CX9 models.

Mazda CX3 is the fifth vehicle in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation products that feature the full range of Skyactiv Technology and KODO — Soul of Motion design.

The five-seat 2016 Mazda CX3 is powered by a direct injection 2.0-litre Skyactiv inline, four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.

The similar engine and transmission in the 2015 Mazda3 produces 155 hp and 150 lb/ft of torque. Fuel economy on the Mazda3 is 7.9/5.7L/100 km but it should be a tad higher in the CX-due to the added weight.

Available is Mazda’s new-generation AWD system that uses an active torque control coupling first seen on the Mazda CX5.  

Mazda claims its AWD system has the world’s first front wheel slip warning detection system that uses sensor signals to accurately monitor the driver’s intentions and constantly changing driving conditions.

Suspension is MacPherson struts up front with a torsion beam at the rear with ventilated discs brakes at the front, solid discs at the rear.

In addition to ABS, traction control and electronic stability control, the CX3 has adopted Mazda’s i-Activesense advanced safety technologies that employs sensing devices such as milliwave radar to ensure the driver can enjoy safe driving in any scene, whether driving on city streets, on the highway, or on winding roads.

Prices will be announced closer to this summer when the 2016 Madza CX3 starts arriving in Canadian showrooms.

Today (Nov. 19) Mazda will reveal its updated Mazda6 and CX5 for the first time.

Also on the Mazda stand in MA is the all-new Mazda MX5 two-seater open-top sports car which will make its North American auto show debut.

2016 Mazda CX3 rear

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