2016 Mazda CX-3 joins the small SUV showdown

2016 Mazda CX-3 joins the small SUV showdown

No type of vehicle has won more new fans as of late than small crossover SUVs, and today Mazda entered the fray with its all-new Mazda CX-3 at the Los Angeles Auto show.

The new CX-3 features Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2-liter engine with a new-generation AWD system. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard, but you can opt for a six-speed manual. A 1.5 liter diesel engine will be offered as well worldwide, but it's not clear if that version will be available in the U.S. market.

The CX-3 is Mazda’s fifth model that employs what Mazda calls, the KODO design language, which it's applying throughout the model range.

The design language goes back to the Mazda2 ,and can be seen on the all the cars they showed of today in Los Angeles. The front grill is less smile-y than previous generations ,and bodylines are more defined and aggressive. The CX-3 has narrow rear windows that could hamper visibility on the small SUV, but we’ll have to wait for a first drive to find out for certain. The side view mirrors on the CX-3 are low on the doors rather than on the A-pillar, which Mazda says is done to improve visibility out of the front of the vehicle.

The new Mazda CX-3 is entering an already crowded arena, competing with the Honda HR-V which makes its North American debut at the show later today, as well as the Fiat 500X, the Chevy Trax, and the Jeep Renegade. Pricing is yet to be announced, but U.S. buyers can expect to see it in showrooms in the spring of 2015.