Price and details announced for Mazda CX-3 2015

A solid contender in the compact SUV market

Mazda's all-new CX-3 is to cost from £17,595. With five trim levels and a range of engines, Mazda's compact SUV promises to challenge the likes of the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Vauxhall Adam Rocks. Details were announced at the Geneva Motor Show and the model will go on sale on 19 June 2015.

Many of Mazda's latest models, like the Mazda3, Mazda6 and the Mazda CX-5 crossover, have become some of the best cars in their respective classes, so expectations for the new CX-3 are high.

Mazda CX-3 price & release date

The Mazda CX-3 will be priced from £17,595 when it goes on sale in June.

Mazda CX-3 styling

The new CX-3 will take the same Kodo design philosophy that has already served Mazda well across its range. The car gets Mazda's trapezoidal grille, sharp creases down its wings and muscular wheelarches for a hunkered-down, sporty look that clearly targets the Nissan Juke.

Mazda CX-3 interior tech

As with the new Mazda2, the CX-3 will be available with Mazda's MZD Connect infotainment system. This syncs with your smartphone and is operated using a seven-inch screen and swivel wheel. It's compatible with apps that offer functions such as sat-nav and music streaming.

Mazda's Active Driving Display is another piece of technology that'll feature in the CX-3. It's a head-up display (HUD) that projects important information on the windscreen so you don't have to take your eyes off the road.

Mazda CX-3 safety

Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology includes features such as active headlights (which follow the direction of the steering wheel), high-beam assistance (which automatically dips the headlights if oncoming traffic is detected), lane-departure warning, plus front and rear parking sensors. All could be fitted to the new CX-3 and would help secure it a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

Mazda CX-3 engines

Mazda has been building some great engines recently under its SKYACTIV technology banner. At launch, the CX-3 will get the company's impressive 118 and 148bhp 2.0-litre SKYACTIV petrol engines, as well as the efficient, 104bhp 1.5-litre SKYACTIV diesel, which should allow the CX-3 to return at least 60mpg in fuel economy.

Mazda was somehow able to engineer the sportscar DNA of the Mazda MX-5 into the larger CX-5 crossover, so we're hopeful it'll be able to do the same with the CX-3. This would include sharp steering, an excellent six-speed manual gearbox and minimal body lean in corners.

Both two and four-wheel drive versions of the CX-3 will be available. The latter will use a similar system to the larger Mazda CX-5, which monitors how much the front wheels are slipping and sends power to the rear wheels if necessary.

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