Mazda is the latest automaker to dive into the compact crossover SUV pool, announcing the all-new CX-3 will make its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
The new Mazda joins the Honda HR-V -- also making its debut at the L.A. show -- and other forthcoming models like the Chevy Trax and Jeep Renegade in the burgeoning segment of small crossovers.
Like its peers, the CX-3 will be based on the platform of a small car with the added utility a crossover body style promises. In Mazda’s case, this crossover will share elements with the company’s 2 subcompact hatchback and 3 compact hatchback and sedan.
Details on what makes the CX-3 tick will be released closer to the show, but expect Mazda’s efficient 2.0-liter SkyActive four-cylinder engine and at least front-wheel-drive, possibly optional all-wheel-drive.
The new crossover will likely hit Mazda dealerships next summer.
The CX-3 debut on Nov. 19 caps a busy show for the Japanese automaker. In addition to the tidy crossover, Mazda’s slick new Miata MX-5 roadster will make its North American debut, and updated versions of the 6 midsize sedan and the CX-5 crossover will also debut.
The 2014 L.A. Auto Show is open to the media on Nov. 18-20, and then to the public from Nov. 21-30.