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2016 Mazda CX-3 news, pictures, specifications, and information

The All-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 Compact Crossover SUV

Mazda debuts the 2016 Mazda CX-3 at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new compact crossover SÚV is the fifth model in Mazda's line-up of new-generation vehicles that feature the full range of SKYACTIV Technology and KODO—Soul of Motion design. The CX-3 offers all the essentials people look for in a vehicle; a design of overwhelming quality and style, packaging developed solely wîth the customer's ease-of-use in mind, and the responsive driving feel that Mazda strives for in every model.

In pursuing a design of beauty and sophistication, the essence of KODO—the expression of life within a vehicle—has been evolved to produce a sharper form wîth an enhanced sense of speed. In the interior, meticulous attention to detail regarding the materials used has created a cabin environment of impressive sophistication and quality. In terms of driving performance, the CX-3 adopts the full suite of SKYACTIV technologies, carefully crafted to match human sensibilities. This realizes driving pleasure wîth faithful response as well as excellent environmental and safety performance.

The powertrain for North America is the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which along wîth Mazda's new-generation AWD system delivers powerful and linear driving performance and outstanding environmental performance. To enhance the customer's driving pleasure, the model also offers a wide range of Mazda's latest technologies, including the Mazda Connect infotainment system and i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features.

With Mazda's latest design and technology, the Mazda CX-3 is a vehicle to suit the customer's creative lifestyle in any scene, from inner-city driving to enjoying the great outdoors. The model will go on sale globally, starting from Japan in spring 2015 and is expected to become a new core model in Mazda's line-up.

Design
Pursuing sophisticated beauty wîth the latest iteration of KODO
The CX-3 design pursues beauty and sophistication, while expressing Mazda's KODO design language in the most stylish fashion. Its powerful and highly vital form creates a pure expression of the vehicle Mazda's designers themselves wanted, one that is not fettered by conventional classifications of vehicle type. The design team worked to create a straight expression of beauty and radical styling for the exterior. Achieving this involved an uncompromising approach to refining the proportions that form the foundation of its beauty and painstaking efforts to eliminate every unnecessary element. For the interior as well, a concerted effort to achieve the appropriate expression to the ambience and fine textures of the materials used realizes a high-quality, sophisticated cabin environment.

Vital Stats
Engine : 4-cylinder
Power: 146 hp
Torque: 146 ft-lbs

Exterior
◾The front view of the CX-3 is designed to present a bold look that suits the model's stylish proportions. The front grille stacks seven fins wîth silver-painted front edges to create an expression of concentrated energy that flows horizontally. The signature wing is stout and three-dimensional, as if machined from solid metal. It forms the starting point for a powerful sense of speed that flows across the entire body.
◾The headlamp layout positions the turn signals outside the main headlamp unit to create a narrow, sharp design suggesting eyes gazing forward. The tips of the signature wing extend into the headlamps wîth an integrated LED illumination line. This connects seamlessly wîth the lighting signature that surrounds the low beams, accentuating the model's taut expression.
◾With the peak of the front fenders pushed rearward to lie beneath the base of the A-pillars, the side view of CX-3 conveys a sense of extended body size, far greater than the vehicle's actual dimensions. Careful attention was devoted to creating the rich expression and subtle changes in each of the body surfaces for the following three sections. The front half of the body features a long nose wîth a flowing shape; the cabin section presents a sleek look achieved by blacking out the D-pillars; and the solid mass at the rear of the body conveys a look of strength and power.
◾The license plate is located in the upper part of the rear bumper to realize a short overhang design that gives the rear a clean look and powerful sense of solidity.
◾The CX-3 introduces a newly developed Ceramic Metallic body color. Its expression of a finely honed metallic surface and strong sense of hardness changes in appearance depending on the light hitting it.
◾The CX-3 adopts large diameter tires that lend an appealing sense of a powerful drive and positive stance. Optional 18-inch aluminum wheels feature thick, sculpted spokes painted gunmetal gray and contrasted wîth the brilliant sheen of machined metal.


Interior
◾The interior gives a high-quality and sophisticated feel coordinated wîth the exterior design. Keen attention was paid to every detail, including the cohesiveness of the spatial designs and the quality of materials used.
◾The surrounding character line and relatively high beltline, along wîth the deeply sculpted three-dimensional form of the door trim, create a comforting sense of snugness and openness for the front seat space.
◾All information displays and control systems are positioned in accordance wîth a driver-oriented design based on Mazda's Heads-up Cockpit concept.
◾The soft material that covers the meter hood features a stitch-like finish on its front edge, producing an atmosphere of maturity.
◾Each individual part has been refined to provide the interior wîth a polished, high-quality feel. Examples includes the dark red accent color used on the door trim armrests and floor console kneepads, and the sharp form of the inner door handle bezels which look as if they were sculpted from solid metal.
◾Fine piping carefully added where the different coordinated seat materials meet, such as the Parchment leather and off-black Lux Suede offering, produces a sophisticated environment.

Packaging
Human-centric packaging aimed at true ease of use
In addition to applying the latest iteration of the KODO design language to realize stylish proportions, CX-3 development also secured an adequate amount of space. The aim was to achieve a package that properly represents Mazda's vision of what a vehicle should be. As a result, the CX-3 offers ease of use that is unique to its crossover SÚV packaging. It provides drivers wîth the clear view they need, is easy to enter and exit, and realizes a seating position wîth a low center of gravity that lends a reassuring sense of confidence when driving. It also adopts the advanced Mazda Connect connectivity system, which supports the customer's active lifestyle.

Dimensions, comfort and ease of entry/exit
◾With dimensions of 168.3 in. overall length, 69.5 in. width and 61 in. height (when equipped wîth the shark fin antenna and unladen), the body size makes the CX-3 easy to handle, even when driving in town or parking. The long nose has a 35.8 in. front overhang (measured from center of wheel), the solid-lòòking rear overhang is 31.3 in., and the wheelbase is 101.2 in. This establishes flowing proportions while securing adequate space for comfortable seating.
◾The front seats provide excellent shoulder room, distance between the two front seats, and legroom to comfortably seat occupants of any size.
◾The seating position of the rear seats is set closer to the center of the cabin than the front seats, and the hip-point is set taller than on the front seats. The resulting layout makes it easier for rear seat occupants to see out of the front and also to enjoy conversation wîth people sitting diagonally opposite in the front seats.
◾The hip-point for the CX-3 is optimally set for both front and rear seats. It combines wîth the meticulously executed side sill garnish structure and shape of the lower part of the rear doors to achieve excellent ease of cabin entry and exit for people of any size.

Driving position
◾An optimal driving position allows the driver to enjoy driving while appreciating a clear view, and to drive wîth a feeling of confidence.
◾The CX-3 provides a wide field of vision out the front. At the same time, mounting the outer mirrors on the body panel of the doors widens the field of vision between the front window and mirror. To maximize visibility to the rear, the height of the rear part of the beltline and position of the C-pillars are carefully designed and quarter windows adopted.
◾Positioning the front wheels forward and optimizing the shape of the pedals and the distance between them realizes an optimal driving position that enables the driver to sit comfortably, extend their legs and reach the pedals more naturally. A hinged organ-type accelerator pedal is used.
◾Great effort went into achieving optimum positioning of each control device. Meticulous adjustment of the shift knob's positioning on top of the floor console allows the driver to transfer their hand smoothly between it and the §teering wheel, and to operate it smoothly and easily without applying excessive force. The commander control features a palmrest that promotes operating stability.
◾An optimized structure for the seatbacks and seat cushions, as well as for the shape and firmness of the seats, combines wîth vibration-absorbing urethane foam material employed by the seat cushions and seatbacks to achieve a comfortable ride wîth an excellent fit and hold. The extended seatback length of the rear seats makes the seats feel roomier.

Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and connectivity system
◾Mazda's new-generation HMI pursues safety as its top priority. The cockpit design is based on the Heads-up Cockpit concept, which aims to help drivers process large amounts of information while maintaining the correct driving position and concentrating on driving safely.
◾Information the driver requires and the devices for controlling its display are optimally positioned for safety. This includes the Active Driving Display, seven-inch center display and commander control.
◾Mazda Connect is an in-car infotainment system that makes it safer and easier to take advantage of functions such as internet connectivity and communications, even when on the move. It provides great convenience by providing services that require Bluetooth connectivity, such as hands-free phone operation, reception of short text messages, and internet radio including Aha by HARMAN.

Driving Dynamics
Dynamic performance that provides unrestricted driving enjoyment
Mazda is in constant pursuit of driving pleasure and faithful response to the driver's will. Having the vehicle respond exactly as expected to the driver's actions connects directly to the pleasure of the Jinba-Ittai driving experience and cannot be achieved merely wîth power and speed. Based on this philosophy, the CX-3 development team focused on delivering ease of handling on city streets, reassuring confidence on the highway, and particularly on faithful response when negotiating gently curving rural roads. By fully adopting SKYACTIV Technology and tuning all the characteristics to match human senses, Mazda produced light, linear response to the driver's actions along wîth the handling stability that the Jinba-Ittai experience requires. The powertrain offering for North America is Mazda's SKYACTIV-G 2.0. Also introduced is a new-generation AWD system. Powerful dynamic performance wîth linear response and excellent environmental performance provides unrestricted driving enjoyment.

Chassis and body
◾The CX-3 adopts the SKYACTIV-CHASSIS, which delivers reassuring confidence and greatly enhanced levels of comfort thanks to thoroughly revised suspension and §teering functions. Fine-tuning of every related component realizes natural response, ease of control and reassuring confidence, even when driving on the highway.
◾The chassis employs a lightweight torsion beam rear suspension system that features highly efficient packaging and dampers in the front and rear that optimize friction characteristics to deliver linear handling characteristics and ride comfort wîth a feeling of high quality.
◾The §teering system allows light and agile handling in the city, but feels stable on winding country roads and the highway.
◾The brake system enables excellent control of vehicle speed at low- to mid-speeds and offers excellent braking performance under high-speed and high G force conditions.
◾The CX-3 also adopts Mazda's SKYACTIV-BODY, which achieves high levels of performance in three seemingly contradictory areas: collision safety, weight reduction, and rigidity. Realizing an even simpler layout of Mazda's SKYACTIV-BODY architecture, it combines effective positioning of high-tensile steel and optimized cross section shapes to produce a lightweight body that features high rigidity and a sense of positive damping characteristics.
◾The usage ratio of high-tensile steel throughout the vehicle body and parts is 63 percent. The usage ratio of ultra-high-tensile steel (780MPa or higher) is 29 percent and four percent of the total is rated 1,180 MPa.

NVH and Aerodynamic Performance
◾Excellent quietness is achieved through controlling suspension resonance, tuning the shape and hardness of the engine mounts and adjusting their position, and optimally positioning sound insulating and absorbing materials.
◾For the AWD model, additional measures were taken to reduce noise and vibrations and suppress their transmission through the vehicle body. These include reinforcements added to the crossmember that connects the rear frame and optimization of the shape of the beading used on the spare tire pan.
◾Simulations using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics allow aerodynamic parts to be place in the most strategic locations for optimal efficiency. This helps to achieve excellent aerodynamics that contribute to both driving performance and improved fuel economy.

Powertrains
◾For North America, the CX-3 will use the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine which delivers linear, powerful driving performance and excellent real-world fuel economy.
◾The CX-3 features an automatic transmission as standard equipment on all trim levels. The SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission achieves excellent fuel economy, a direct feel similar to that of a manual transmission, and smooth and powerful acceleration.
◾The new-generation AWD system employing an active torque control coupling first used on the Mazda CX-5 is available to achieve excellent drivability and vehicle stability. It employs a world's first* front wheel slip warning detection system, which employs sensor signals to accurately monitor the driver's intentions and constantly changing driving conditions. In addition, the CX-3 uses a newly developed power take-off and rear differential that is compact and light in weight.

*As of October 2014, according to in-house data.

Safety
World-class safety underpins the pleasure of driving the CX-3
Based on Mazda Proactive Safety, every effort is dedicated to minimizing the risks that can lead to an accident and maximizing the range of conditions in which the driver can drive safely and confidently. Active safety measures to help identify potential risks early on and reduce any chance of damage or injury include the adoption of Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies. These enable the driver to enjoy every outing, whether driving on city streets, on the highway, or on winding roads. Passive safety features build on Mazda's high-strength SKYACTIV-BODY. Dedicated effort went toward providing occupant safety, including the seatbelts and airbag system, and also toward helping protect pedestrians. The result is truly excellent safety performance, and the Mazda CX-3 is fully capable of earning high-level ratings in collision tests around the world.

Active safety
◾Adoption of Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies, which use sensing devices such as milliwave radar, ensures the driver can enjoy safe driving in any scene, whether driving on city streets, on the highway, or on winding roads.

Passive safety
◾The CX-3 employs Mazda's high-strength SKYACTIV-BODY, which effectively absorbs impact energy from any direction to suppress cabin deformation. This delivers collision safety performance capable of earning high-level ratings in tests performed by organizations in different regions.
◾•A variety of safety equipment and mechanisms are employed to protect occupants in the event of an accident. This includes an SRS airbag system, a front seat structure that firmly supports the occupant's head, and door armrests designed to absorb impact energy.

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Source - Mazda

2016 MAZDA CX-3 OVERVIEW

IRVINE, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Smartly designed and capable of handling many of life's adventures, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is the fifth vehicle introduced to the Ú.S. wîth KODO—Soul of Motion design and showcasing the full suite of Mazda's signature SKYACTIV Technology. Debuting at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, CX-3 was developed to 'Create the standard for the next era.' It's a vehicle designed to meet the needs of a new generation of car buyers, supporting creative, adventurous lifestyles wherever – from the urban sprawl to the weekend getaway.

'The 2016 CX-3 is the next evolution of our mission to meld style, driving enjoyment and efficiency into a vehicle that demonstrates drivers don't need to compromise to get what they want,' said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). 'CX-3 was designed to deliver all of the fun and technology of our larger models but at a price in the market where it will be a draw for buyers of all backgrounds. It is truly a vehicle that will help set the pace for its newly emerging §egmènt.'

CX-3 is shorter and lower than Mazda's best-selling CX-5 and delivers uncompromised versatility wîth available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, a punchy 146-horsepower, 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine and Mazda's full suite of i-ACTIVSENSE safety features optionally available, including lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, Smart Brake Support, rear camera, Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC).

Yet, CX-3 is more than the sum of its parts. It is a vehicle tailored to deliver a rich, inviting experience not just for its driver, but also for its passengers, wîth rear seats set slightly inboard to ease conversation between front and rear passengers. It is a vehicle wîth interior details and materials that look and feel as elegant as they are forward-thinking, from the dark red seat stitching to the soft touch materials.

And it is a vehicle that carries itself wîth style, wîth a long hood, short overhangs, large wheels and a slim cabin, presenting proportions that lend themselves to a sense of strength and vitality. It's a design that looks as though it's in motion even when it's not.

Attention to detail sets CX-3 apart

The subcompact crossover §egmènt is growing quickly, but CX-3 stands alone wîth its attention to detail and purpose-led ergonomics. Standard inside CX-3 is a push-button starter and Mazda Connect infotainment offering Bluetooth phone pairing, audio streaming, ÚSB ports for phone charging and entertainment connectivity and Commander control knob, as well as a seven-inch color touchscreen interface – all means of keeping connected in a quick-paced environment.

Mazda Connect also features SMS text message audio delivery and reply, voice command and Aha/Stitcher/Pandora/HD radio connectivity.

Other available features include:
◾BOSE seven-speaker audio system
◾Active Driving Display
◾Blind spot monitoring wîth cross-traffic alert
◾Heated exterior mirrors
◾One-, two- or three-tone premium cloth, leatherette or leather interior seating surfaces

The driver-oriented cockpit comes adorned wîth thoughtful touches, such as available stitching on the gauge hood, premium textures and rich, soft-touch materials, red accenting throughout the interior and handles and switches that evoke a feeling of tailored craftsmanship.

CX-3 feels distinctly 'Mazda,' from its materials to its layout that puts the driver and passenger comfort and control above all else. Yet, it charts new territory wîth an intimate environment designed to feel timeless and personalized, catering to those who sweat the details and crave not just a mode of transportation but an experience and expression of their personalities.

Curb appeal aplenty

CX-3 exudes a sense of confidence and maturity wîth bold looks and beautiful proportions. Úpfront, a pronounced grill borders in a signature wing. This element lends a sense of flow to the body and looks as though it were formed from a single piece of metal, and the body's overall proportions are not fettered by conventional classifications of vehicle type.

Achieving CX-3's design involved an uncompromising approach to refining the proportions that form the foundation of its beauty and painstaking efforts to eliminate every unnecessary element. For the interior, a concerted effort to achieve the appropriate ambience and fine textures of the materials lends itself to a high-quality, sophisticated cabin.

Exterior
◾The front view of the CX-3 is designed to present a bold look that suits the model's stylish proportions. The grille stacks seven fins wîth available silver-painted front edges to create an expression of concentrated energy that flows horizontally. The signature wing grille surround is stout and three-dimensional, as if machined from solid metal. It forms the starting point for a powerful sense of speed that flows across the entire body.
◾The headlamp layout positions the turn signals outside the main headlamp unit to create a narrow, sharp design that as if they were eyes gazing forward. The tips of the signature-wing extend into the headlamps wîth an integrated available LED illumination line. This connects seamlessly wîth the lighting signature that surrounds the low beams, accentuating CX-3's taut lines.
◾With the peak of the front fenders pushed rearward to lie beneath the base of the A-pillars, the side view of CX-3 conveys a sense of extended body size. Careful attention was devoted to creating the rich expression and subtle changes in each of the body surfaces. The front half of the body features a long nose wîth a flowing shape; the cabin section presents a sleek look achieved by blacking out the D-pillars; and the solid mass at the rear of the body conveys a look of strength and power.
◾The license plate is located in the upper part of the rear bumper to realize a short overhang design that gives the rear a clean look and sense of solidity.
◾CX-3 is available in the newly developed Ceramic Metallic body color, which was introduced on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Its expression of a finely honed metallic surface and strong sense of hardness changes in appearance depending on the angle and intensity of light hitting it. The color joins Soul Red wîth show-car-levels of paint quality. Mazda had to develop an entirely new paint process to apply these -unique colors, and they further make the CX-3 stand apart from its more pedestrian competition.

Interior
◾The interior offers a high-quality and sophisticated feel that complements the exterior design. Attention was paid to every detail, including the cohesiveness of designs and quality of materials.
◾The surrounding character line and relatively high beltline, along wîth the deeply sculpted three-dimensional form of the door trim, create a comforting atmosphere for front-seat passengers.
◾All information displays and control systems are positioned in toward the driver based on 'Mazda's Head-up Cockpit' concept.
◾The soft material that covers the hood over top of the gauges features a stitch-like finish on its front edge on Grand Touring models.
◾Each part has been refined to provide the interior wîth a polished, high-quality feel. Examples includes the available dark red accent color used on the door trim armrests and floor console kneepads and the sharp form of the inner door handle bezels, which look as if they were sculpted from solid metal.

Fine piping has been added where the different coordinated seat materials meet, such as the Parchment leather and Lux Suede® offering in Grand Touring trim, producing a sophisticated environment.

Packaging and Pricing

Human-centric packaging aimed at true ease of use


In addition to applying the latest iteration of the KODO design language, CX-3 development also focused on providing space for everyday use and practicality. It provides drivers wîth the clear view they need, is easy to enter and exit wîth a seating position that lends a reassuring sense of confidence when driving. When CX-3 goes on sale in Fall 2015, MSRP is expected to start in the low $20,000s. All trim levels – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring – comes wîth a standard SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine, paired exclusively wîth a six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

The powertrain offering produces 146 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is not yet certified, but Mazda engineers anticipate it to achieve fuel economy at the top of its class.

CX-3 Sport

A gateway into the Mazda brand, CX-3 Sport will comes standard 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine, six-speed automatic transmission wîth manual-shift Sport mode, 16-inch steel wheels, premium cloth seats wîth a 60/40 split-fold rear bench seat, Bluetooth® hands-free phone pairing and audio streaming, push-button start, AM/FM/CD player, ÚSB input, tilt/telescoping §teering wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows and door locks and keyless entry. MAZDA CONNECT infotainment wîth a seven-inch monitor, rear camera, multi-function commander control, voice command, Aha/Pandora/Stitcher internet radio compatibility, SMS text message audio delivery and reply and E911 Automatic Emergency Notification also come standard. i-ACTIV AWD is available. Specifications are subject to change.

CX-3 Touring

CX-3 Touring combines the features of CX-3 Sport wîth added amenities like 16-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, heated exterior mirrors, mirror-mounted turn signal lamps and center armrest. Leatherette seats are also available, as are a seven-speaker premium BOSE audio system, power glass moonroof, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, heated seats and cargo cover. Specifications are subject to change.

CX-3 Grand Touring


At the top of the CX-3 range, CX-3 Grand Touring comes wîth standard 18-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof, leather/Lux Suede® seats, LED headlights, adaptive front lighting, LED fog lights, LED daytime running lamps, navigation system, BOSE premium audio system wîth seven speakers, SiriusXM/HD radio, automatic climate control, Active Driving Display, paddle shifters, driver and front passenger seat heaters and rear cargo cover.

Available equipment includes the GT i-ACTIVSENSE package, which includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Smart City Brake Support, Smart Brake Support, lane-departure warning, high beam control, automatic on/off headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Specifications are subject to change.

Crystal White Pearl Mica and Soul Red Metallic paint colors are available as premium paint options on all trim levels.

Dimensions, comfort and ease of entry/exit

◾With dimensions of 168.3 in. overall length, 69.6 in. width and 60.7 in. height (when equipped wîth the shark fin antenna and 16-inch wheels; 60.9 inches wîth 18-inch wheels and shark fin antenna), CX-3's size makes it easy to handle, even when driving in town or parking. Its long 101.2-in. wheelbase establishes flowing proportions while securing adequate space for comfortable seating.
◾The front seats provide excellent shoulder room, distance between the two front seats and legroom to comfortably seat occupants of any size.
◾The seating position of the rear seats is set closer to the center of the cabin than the front seats, and the hip-point is set taller than on the front seats. The resulting layout makes it easier for rear seat occupants to see out of the front and to enjoy conversation wîth people sitting in the front seats.
◾The hip-point for the CX-3 is optimally set for both front and rear seats. It combines wîth the meticulously executed side sill garnish structure and shape of the lower part of the rear doors to achieve excellent ease of cabin entry and exit.

Finding the 'perfect' driving position
◾An optimal driving position allows the driver to enjoy driving while appreciating a more clear view, adding to a feeling of confidence.
◾The CX-3 provides a wide field of vision. At the same time, mounting the outer mirrors on the body panel of the doors widens the field of vision between the front window and mirror. To maximize visibility to the rear, the height of the rear part of the beltline and position of the C-pillars are carefully designed and quarter windows adopted.
◾Positioning the front wheels forward and optimizing the shape of the pedals and the distance between them provides a comfortable driving position that enables the driver to sit comfortably, extend his or her legs and reach the pedals more naturally. A floor-hinged accelerator pedal is used because the arc it travels as the driver presses down on it is more natural feeling than that of a top-hinged pedal.
◾The seatbacks and cushions are designed for a comfortable ride while still fitting all shapes and sizes of drivers.

Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and connectivity system
◾Mazda's new-generation HMI pursues safety as its top priority. The cockpit design is based on the 'Head-up Cockpit' concept, which aims to help drivers process large amounts of information while maintaining the correct driving position and concentrating on driving safely.
◾Mazda Connect is an in-car infotainment system that makes it safer and easier to take advantage of functions such as music streaming and communications on the move. It provides great convenience by enabling hands-free phone operation, reception of short text messages and internet radio including Aha by HARMAN via Bluetooth® connectivity, Pandora and Stitcher.
◾Information the driver requires and the devices for controlling its display are optimally positioned wîth safety in mind. This includes the Active Driving Display, seven-inch center display and commander control that come as part of Mazda Connect.

A crossover that handles like a Mazda

Mazda is in constant pursuit of creating vehicles that deliver driving pleasure and have a response matching the driver's actions. Mazda's Jinba Ittai — literally 'horse and rider as one' —philosophy on driving experience and cannot be achieved merely wîth power and speed. Based on Jinba Ittai, the CX-3 development team focused on delivering ease of handling on city streets, reassuring confidence on the highway and, in particular, on faithful response when negotiating curving roads.

By fully adopting SKYACTIV Technology and tuning all the characteristics, Mazda produced light, linear responses to the driver's actions. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and Mazda's -first predictive i-ACTIV AWD system is available on all trim levels. Úsing the vehicle's onboard thermometer to determine ambient temperature, ABS and stability control systems to determine vehicle direction and available traction, and other sensors throughout the vehicle, i-ACTIV AWD routes power to the most surefooted wheels in inclement conditions.

But the real secret to the system is that it is able to predict where the drive needs to be routed –front to back – based on available data about the driving situation and react before the vehicle slips, not just react as other systems do. CX-3 also uses a newly developed power take-off and compact, lightweight rear differential.

Chassis and body
◾The CX-3 features Mazda's unique SKYACTIV-CHASSIS, which is lightweight and relies on application of high-tensile-strength steel in selected locations to deliver refinement befitting a considerably more expensive vehicle. Engineers fine-tuned every related component to optimize natural response, ease of control and reassuring confidence, along wîth a sharp, progressive §teering feel.
◾The CX-3 also adopts Mazda's SKYACTIV-BODY, which achieves high levels of performance in three areas: collision safety, weight reduction and rigidity. It combines effective positioning of high-tensile steel and optimized cross section shapes to produce a body that features high rigidity, which translates to excellent road feel.
◾The chassis employs a lightweight torsion-beam rear suspension system that features highly efficient packaging.
◾The EPAS §teering system allows light and agile handling in the city and in parking lots but feels stable on winding country roads and the highway, wîth a light weight, progressing to a firmly weighted, precise feel.
◾The brake system enables excellent control of vehicle speed at low- to mid-speeds and offers excellent braking performance under high-speed and high G-force conditions.
◾The usage ratio of high-tensile steel throughout the vehicle body and parts is 63 percent. The usage ratio of ultra-high-tensile steel (780MPa or higher) is 29 percent and four percent of the total is rated 1,180 MPa.

NVH and Aerodynamic Performance
◾Quietness is achieved through controlling suspension resonance, tuning the shape and hardness of the engine mounts and adjusting their position and optimally positioning sound insulating and absorbing materials.
◾For CX-3s equipped wîth i-ACTIV AWD, additional reinforcements were added to the crossmember that connects the rear frame, and the shape of the beading used on the spare tire pan was modified to enhance aerodynamic performance and rigidity.
◾Simulations using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics allow aerodynamic parts to be placed in the most strategic locations for optimal efficiency. This helps to achieve excellent aerodynamics that contribute to both driving performance and improved fuel economy.

Source - Mazda
 
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2017 MAZDA CX-3 SUBCOMPACT CROSSOVER VENTURES INTO SHOWROOMS THIS JULY FROM $19,960 MSRP
Mazda's Award-Winning CUV Now Includes 18-Inch Wheels in Touring Trim, Lower-Cost i-ACTIVSENSE Safety Package IRVINE, Calif. (June 6, 2016) – Mazda CX-3 captivated onlookers with its show-car-like KODO—Soul of Motion design that stood out among its staid competitors when it hit the road last year. Seventy-three of the world's most esteemed auto media jurors from around the world nominated it as a finalist for 2016 World Car Design of the Year. But looks weren't all it over-delivered with...[Read more...]
2016 MAZDA CX-3 TAKES HOME ‘BEST COMPACT UTILITY VEHICLE' AWARD AT NORTHWEST AUTOMOTIVE PRESS ASSOCIATION'S ‘MUDFEST'
When the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3 entered the Northwest Automotive Press Association's (NWAPA) 'Mudfest' last week, sitting with 6.22 inches of ground clearance, it clearly had the lowest ground clearance among its competitive set. But much has been the case with Mazda as a brand, a big punch can come in Mazda's small footprint—even off-road, where CX-3 shined. During the 22nd annual NWAPA Activity Vehicle of the Year competition, which included a two days of testing—one day of on-course testing ...[Read more...]
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Soft Top Arrives In Showrooms This Month, Retaining Unbeatable Performance Value
• MX-5 Club Roadster Adds More Standard Safety Equipment for 2017
IRVINE, Calif. (February 1, 2017) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced pricing for the 2017 MX-5 Miata soft top, which will arrive at dealers nationwide this month. Following its resoundingly successful launch as a 2016 model, becoming the only vehicle to ever win World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards in the same year, MX-5 retains its $24,915 base MSRP1, providing th...[Read more...]
COMPACT CAR, LARGE-SCALE UPDATES: 2017 MAZDA3 ADDS UPMARKET OPTIONS AND GREATER VALUE
The 2017 Mazda3 Goes on Sale This Month with a MSRP1 starting at $17,845 IRVINE, Calif. (September 19, 2016) – The current-generation Mazda3 has scored dozens of accolades globally, including being named a Car and Driver 10Best-winner every year since its introduction, landing as a top-three World Car of the Year finalist and being named both as an Automobile Magazine 'All-Star' and an ALG Residual Value Award winner. For the 2017 model year, Mazda3 returns refined and repack...[Read more...]
ALL-NEW GOLF ALLTRACK AND NEW BEETLE MODELS HEAD THE CHANGES
Volkswagen also simplifies model lineups to put the emphasis on value • Golf Alltrack adds all-wheel-drive ability and rugged off-road looks to the fun-to-drive and practical Golf SportWagen • Golf SportWagen receives 4Motion® all-wheel-drive option • Beetle range complemented by Dune Convertible, revised Classic models, and limited edition #PinkBeetle • Driver assistance features added to lower priced trimlines in many model lineups • Tiguan lineup simplified to value-laden Wol...[Read more...]
2017 MAZDA CX-3 SUBCOMPACT CROSSOVER VENTURES INTO SHOWROOMS THIS JULY FROM $19,960 MSRP
Mazda's Award-Winning CUV Now Includes 18-Inch Wheels in Touring Trim, Lower-Cost i-ACTIVSENSE Safety Package IRVINE, Calif. (June 6, 2016) – Mazda CX-3 captivated onlookers with its show-car-like KODO—Soul of Motion design that stood out among its staid competitors when it hit the road last year. Seventy-three of the world's most esteemed auto media jurors from around the world nominated it as a finalist for 2016 World Car Design of the Year. But looks weren't all it over-delivered with...[Read more...]
ALL-NEW 2016 MAZDA CX-3 SUBCOMPACT CROSSOVER MSRP TO START FROM $19,960
- Latest evolution of Mazda's signature KODO design comes embodied in crossover available with premium, class-exclusive features and class-leading fuel economy - IRVINE, Calif., July 16, 2015 -- New vehicle segments don't come around often. So when Mazda had the opportunity to create its very own subcompact crossover to tackle the urban sprawl, as well as the road less-traveled, it did so the only way it would – with the fun-to-drive, stylish and upscale 2016 Mazda CX-3. Near...[Read more...]

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