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Entirely new Mazda CX-3 crossover announced for possible 2015 launch

Mazda joints the cute-ute club by bringing in a small crossover to compete with Honda HR-V and Nissan Juke.

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Mazda has joined the micro-SUV party by announcing that it will introduce a new CX-3 small crossover next month. The company provided few details, but called the car by name as said this is its premier. Based on these two small, but important details, we surmise that the new Mazda CX-3 may actually be a 2015 model year vehicle ready for sale in the next 6 months.

Mazda CX-3 Rounds Out the Line-up
Mazda’s best car in this writer’s opinion is the Mazda3 with full options. Its best crossover is the Mazda CX-5 when outfitted with the larger, 2.5 liter SkyActiv engine. A small, but premium crossover from Mazda based on the 2, but with a larger presence, might be a huge success for Mazda. This new smaller crossover will also most likely be powered by a 1.5 liter SkyActive powerplant. The real question is will it use a CVT transmission, and will a stick shift be optional. We Mazda fans a bit fanatical about driving manual transmissions.

Mazda Will Have to Hurry to Catch Honda HR-V
Honda’s new HR-V is about to launch. Although Honda is being a little cagey with the exact timeline, it has promised the new cute-ute by Christmas. Our guess is that Mazda is not going to be able to sneak the CX-3 in by then. By the time the Mazda CX-3 arrives it will have a hot new HR-V and the now mature Nissan Juke to compete with. Only Toyota is left without a baby ‘ute to lure buyers –so far.

Mazda plans to display the new CX-3 at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto show which runs the last week of November. We will bring you photos and specs as they are dribbled out.

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