New Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3 1Mazda announced full specifications and trim information for its upcoming CX-3 compact crossover Friday. We now know the small CUV will be powered by a 146-horsepower SkyActiv four-cylinder mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission and available with front- or all-wheel-drive.

Mazda’s new 2-based ‘ute will compete with Honda’s HR-V, Chevy’s Trax and Jeep’s Renegade, among other established and upcoming models. It may lack the six-speed manual option found in some of its competitors and the beefier engines available in others, but it does have one one thing in its corner: curb weight.

In front-wheel-drive guise, the new CX-3 will tip the scales at just 2,809lbs; all-wheel-drive pushes that figure up to 2,952lbs. Mazda’s two-liter SkyActiv engine boasts 146 lb-ft of torque (matching its horsepower figure) and should motivate the little Mazda sufficiently. Given that the larger CX-5 was offered with a manual transmission from the get-go, the absence of one here is a bit of a let down, but given its availability overseas, it can’t be ruled out completely as a late-availability option.

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