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Mike Stevens | Oct, 28 2014 | 1 Comment

Mazda’s worst-kept secret, the compact new CX-3 SUV, will make its world premiere at next month’s LA Auto Show the carmaker has confirmed today.

This news follows comments from Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders, who said in August that a compact SUV “is not far away”.

Rather than debut as a concept preview first, like the CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda2, the CX-3 will follow the Mazda3 in heading straight to its final form.

Details of the new compact SUV are still to come, although it is believed the CX-3 will share its platform and engines with the new Mazda2.

Above: the new Mazda2.
Above: the new Mazda2.

Expect Mazda’s new 77kW/250Nm 1.5 litre diesel engine to feature in overseas models, while the local range is likely to get 1.5 litre petrol options.

Engines should be mated to six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, and we can likely also expect the CX-3 to be offered in front-wheel-drive form only.

And, while this highly stylised sketch leaves plenty of room for guessing, it is clear the CX-3’s styling will fall between the Mazda2 and the larger CX-5 SUV.

“Mazda CX-3 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 carmaker said in a statement today.

The CX-3, which should hit Australia next year, could provide Mazda with a significant boost.

Sales in the ‘Small SUV’ segment have now passed 65,000 year-to-date, compared to just under 60,000 for the same period in 2013.

Above: Mazda will also reveal an updated CX-5 at the LA Auto Show next month.
Above: Mazda will also reveal an updated CX-5 at the LA Auto Show next month.

In the local market, the CX-3 will take on models like the Holden Trax, Ford Ecosport and the Peugeot 2008, along with the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti.

The coming year will also see Australian launches for the small Jeep Renegade and Honda’s new HR-V.

Watch for the CX-3 to go official on November 18/19, when Mazda will also reveal updates to the Mazda6 and the CX-5 SUV.

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