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Mazda to debut all-new CX-3 compact crossover at L.A. Auto Show

Mazda to debut all-new CX-3 compact crossover at L.A. Auto Show
Mazda released this teaser sketch of its all-new CX-3 compact crossover SUV, which will make its global debut at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show in November. (Mazda)
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.

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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,

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.

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