2017 Mazda CX-3 Pricing and Release
Mazda’s smallest crossover was first revealed at the 2014 LA Auto Show, while its European debut took place at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. This sleek crossover came as part of the company’s efforts to establish itself in the hotly contested compact SUV segment. As for the 2017 Mazda CX-3, it will carry over almost completely unchanged. While retaining its familiar exterior styling and engine department, it is expected to introduce several upgrades when it comes to the list of standard equipment. We certainly expect the CX-3 to remain a formidable rival to the likes of the new Honda HR-V, Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade and Chevrolet Trax.
2017 Mazda CX-3 Design
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 will inherit the sleek exterior styling from its predecessor virtually unaltered. Many agree that Mazda’s new crossover offers one of the most appealing exterior designs in this rapidly growing segment. Although some expected it to come as a downsized version of the larger CX-5, the CX-3 actually has more in common with the small Mazda2 as well as the Mazda3 hatchback. Thanks to its sculpted body inspired by the KODO design language, the CX-3 offers an incredibly striking look. Seen from the front, it features a shield-shaped grille and uniquely styled LED headlights. Its sheet metal conveys movement and dynamism mostly due to the highly sculpted fenders and doors.
Inside the cabin, expect to see lots of features previewed by the smaller Mazda2. The whole interior is done in a way that combines elegance and simplicity. One of the details that best describes the general feel is the large touchscreen fitted on top of a minimalist dashboard. Among many useful amenities, expect the 2017 Mazda CX-3 to offer Mazda Connect smartphone integration that includes Aha Internet radio as well as hands-free text messaging.
2017 Mazda CX-3 Engine Specs
When it comes to the power department, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 will use the same 2.0-liter inline-four offered by its predecessor. Expect this Skyactiv Mazda engine to deliver 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. Matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, the CX-3 boasts a great fuel economy estimated by the EPA at 29/35 mpg (FWD) and 27/32 mpg (AWD).
Though we’re still awaiting official pricing notes, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is expected to start at about $21,000. It is most likely to hit the showrooms in the second half of 2016.