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2016 Mazda CX-3 Official US Specs Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-3

You may already know that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover is set to go on sale in the fall of this year. This weekend, Mazda revealed the models official specs ahead of its production debut.

Under the hood, the Mazda CX-3 will only be available with a single engine and transmission option. It’ll be a 2.0L Skyactiv-G with output rated at 146 hp at 6,000 rpm and 146 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 RPM. The engine will only be offered with a six speed automatic transmission. There’ll be no manual CX-3 models offered in the US, at least for 2016.

2016 Mazda CX-3 rear

Why won’t Mazda offer the CX-3 with a standard transmission? Simply because there isn’t enough demand. However, just like they did with the Mazda 3, a manual transmission isn’t out of the question for future model years if there is enough demand for it.

Of course, Mazda gave us more details than just the engine and transmission. The CX-3 will use Mazda’s i-ACTIVE all-wheel drive and ACTIVSENSE safety suite (including lane-departure warning, Smart Brake Support, rear cross-traffic monitoring, rearview camera and Mazda Radar Cruise Control). Inside, the CX-3 will use the Mazda Connect infotainment system through a beautiful seven-inch color touchscreen. All trims will include Bluetooth phone-pairing and audio streaming, push-button start, cruise control, AC, power windows and doors, and keyless entry.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

The trim levels start with the Sport package, which comes with all the features listed above. Starting price for that model will be in the low $20,000s (specific pricing has yet to be revealed). Then, the Touring package gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded six-speaker audio system, armrests, and fancy mirror-mounted turn signals. The top of the range is held by the Grand Touring package which gets larger 18-inch alloys, a moon roof, leather seating, BOSE seven-speaker audio, and a whole bunch of other cool features like paddle-shifters and heated seats.

Want more details on the 2016 Mazda CX-3? You can read the full press release here.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan Juke

2012 Nissan Juke

This Nissan Juke is the undisputed king of the subcompact crossover class, with the new Honda HR-V looking like the other big rival to the throne. If the Mazda CX-3 wants to compete, it’ll have to stand up to cars like this one.

2012 Nissan Juke rear

The Nissan juke is the perfect example of what makes the subcompact crossover so appealing for drivers.

  • First, the Juke stands out; it has an eye-catching design, even if it’s a bit quirky.
  • Second, it feels like a car, not an SUV. Look at that interior – it’s cozy and well-appointed and it CAN have cargo space with the seats folded.
  • Finally, it’s efficient and fun. It has a 1.5L engine with an automatic transmission, similar to the CX-3 but with a smaller engine.
2012 Nissan Juke interior

To learn more about this auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown of the specs:

2012 Nissan Juke auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered 2012, Urban Selection model, FAT, AC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, HDD navigation system, digital TV, M-SV, interior trim scratches, marks as per map”


New Suzuki Vitara SUV Hits the Floor in Paris

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 10th, 2014

2014 Suzuki Vitara Concept

Today we have yet another Juke-rivaling compact crossover from the ongoing 2014 Paris Motor Show. It’s the new Suzuki Vitara Concept, based on the Suzuki iV-4 Concept from this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Those of you with a long memory will remember the Suzuki Vitara SUV from over a decade and a half ago.

Let’s take a look, shall we? Here’s the official video promo:

This concept is a pre-production study for a smaller incarnation of the long-dead Vitara name. As such, Suzuki’s goal with the design of this Vitara Concept was to express their styling heritage with a strong, solid design. At the same time, what we see here is likely pretty close to the eventual production model.

The trapezoidal front-bumper insert in particular is meant to evoke a sense of sturdiness; a visual representation of the driving stability offered by Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system. However, strong and solid doesn’t have to mean plain and boring, and the Vitara Concept showcases a wide combination of body colors and custom design details, such as the colored wheel inserts you may remember from the iV-4 Concept.

With such an intense focus on strength, it’s no surprise that the new Vitara has the highest road clearance of any compact crossover we’ve seen in Paris. This makes for plenty of off-road potential, and a big selling point for Suzuki’s ALLGRIP system is allowing the driver to choose the best driving mode for any given road surface.

2014 Suzuki Vitara Concept rear

Unlike many of today’s stereotypical off-road SUV’s, the new compact Suzuki Vitara maintains a relatively light curb weight without sacrificing off-road performance. This is thanks to advanced high-tensile steel that makes the crossover simultaneously light on its feet and able to take a punch. Suzuki says that this and other weight-saving measures allow the Vitara Concept to achieve CO2 emissions of just 111g/km.

Of course, we can’t talk about emissions without mentioning the crossover’s 118bhp 1.6L diesel, the cleanest of the engines offered. Emissions jump to 123 g/km with the 1.6 L petrol, and even more if you opt for an automatic transmission. Keep in mind, though, that all of these figures are with a four-wheel drive system, which Suzuki says it’s been able to incorporate into the Vitara without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

Inside, you’ll find the Suzuki Vitara Concept has a relatively plain design with the exception of the custom colored accents that can be matched to the driver’s preferences. There are a few neat amenities like an analog clock and an optional sunroof, but it doesn’t stand out from some of the other interiors we’ve seen in Paris (even if this one is the most realistic).

Of course, plain doesn’t mean ill-equipped, and there’s plenty of technology to be had in the Vitara’s quiet cabin. You’ll notice the touchscreen at the center of the dash, and the concept boasts smartphone connectivity and adaptive cruise control, along with safety features like pre-collision automatic braking.

Suzuki says they plan to begin production of the new Vitara crossover sometime in early 2015. It’ll launch in Europe soon after, and be exported globally later in the year.


Nissan Juke-Rivaling Mazda CX-3 Could Come by 2015

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

2014 Mazda CX-5

What if you could see a Nissan Juke remade from the ground up with Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology and Kodo design language?

We’ve been hearing rumors of a Mazda CX-3 for a while now, but this is the first time we’ve heard an official reference to the car. It comes via an interview between The Motor Report and Martin Benders of Mazda Australia.

Basically, the interview confirmed one thing: Mazda is definitely interested in the compact crossover segment. They are officially gearing up to jump on the Nissan Juke bandwagon. Benders elaborated, saying, “There is opportunity there [in the compact SUV segment], absolutely. We’ve made it clear that it’s an area we’d like to be represented in.”

In the interview, The Motor Report used a bit of psychological trickery to pry a little more info out of the Mazda Australia boss. They bemoaned the fact that all previous rumors indicated a distant launch date for the CX-3, prompting Benders to say, “Oh, it’s not that far away.”

Brilliant, The Motor Report, simply brilliant! This means we can probably expect the Mazda CX-3 as early as next year, perhaps as a 2016 model year. This would fit with Mazda’s previous commitment to launching five new SKYACTIV models by the end of 2016.

As you can probably guess, the new CX-3 would fit into the Japanese automaker’s lineup right below the Mazda CX-5, and would likely share much of its design with the larger SUV. However, it’s looking like Mazda will take the CX-3’s platform and powertrain options from the new Mazda2. Previous rumors suggested that the crossover would share its design with the new hatchback too, but this report implies that Mazda will maintain a rugged SUV feel with the car’s design.

If the Mazda CX-3 does in fact make it to production with the Mazda2’s powertrains, that’ll mean drivers will choose between a 1.5L SKYACTIV-G petrol and a 1.5L SKYACTIV-D diesel (depending on the market). No further powertrain options have been hinted at, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Mazda teased a sportier engine option closer to the crossover’s launch date. That’d be a great way to build some extra hype.

Either way, compact crossovers make up one of the fastest growing segments on the market, so it’s no wonder that Mazda is anxious to get a competitor out on the field. And, it explains why they’d leak this new timeline information to TMR. All in all, we’re thrilled to hear that the Mazda CX-3 is “not that far away,” and we’ll definitely keep you updated as we learn more.

Thanks for reading!