Mazda un­veils its new CX-3 com­pact crossover

The Star Early Edition - - NEW MODELS - JESSE ADAMS

THAT didn’t take long. The new CX-3 is still twirling around on stage at this week’s Los An­ge­les Auto Show, and Mazda South Africa has al­ready con­firmed its lo­cal in­tro­duc­tion next year.

The all-new com­pact crossover, which looks to blend one-part Mazda2 hatch with one-part CX-5 SUV, fits right in style-wise with Mazda’s cur­rent crop of mod­els and is bound to bat­tle it out with Nis­san’s equally pe­cu­liar Juke in mar­kets like ours.

We’re not sure what the CX-3’s lo­cal lineup will con­sist of, but over­seas the lit­tle soft­roader comes with both front- and all­wheel driv­e­trains pow­ered by the brand’s lat­est Skyactiv-G 2-litre petrol and Skyactiv-D 1.5-litre tur­bod­iesel.

Ex­pect power out­puts to closely mir­ror what’s avail­able in the cur­rent Mazda3.

The CX-3 is set for global launch in its Ja­panese home­land early in 2015, and will land in SA later in the year. More de­tails will follow closer to time of launch.

Mazda’s CX-3 has just bro­ken cover over­seas and heads for SA late in 2015.

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