The CX-3 subcompact crossover is still a fresh model in the market. However, Mazda decides to try out something after an early success. The Japanese company will move its vehicle into a new platform. That will launch the second generation of the crossover and the first model will be 2020 Mazda CX-3. But, it will be moved into a compact segment, or somewhere between it and subcompact, thanks to the new architecture. SkyActiv II platform will make the CX-3 grow.
That is not all about changes on the 2020 Mazda CX-3. The crossover expects a revisit of the engine room. There, we will find the new drivetrain. Well, the engine is the same, but after tuning, it will improve outputs for the CX-3. Other changes include a facelift and totally different appearance. Also, a new drivetrain will require totally different suspension setup. All in all, the next-gen Mazda CX-3 2020 will be worth of waiting.
SkyActiv II Platform
The first appearance the SkyActiv II platform will have in the new Mazda3 hatchback. Whatsoever, it won’t take too much time before other vehicles start to use it. One of the first to follow Mazda3 is 2020 Mazda CX-3. All in all, this is an all-new platform that will enlarge the crossover. Officials were clear – the architecture will carry over all the good things from its predecessor. Key design and engineering elements will be the same. On the other hand, usage of lightweight materials will make the overall weight to drop. This is going to boost fuel economy for at least 10, and up to 30 percent.
2020 Mazda CX-3 Design
The look of the 2020 Mazda CX-3 will be the same and different at the same time. A shape is going to be very similar since bosses in development department confirmed the new platform will use the equivalent chassis. On the other hand, parts such as headlights, bumper, and grille will change the appearance of the front fascia. More upgrades are coming for the rear end. Design of taillights and bumpers are new. Also, the upcoming 2020 CX-3 could be narrower than before. Size of wheels and overall dimensions will be very similar to the outgoing model. Weight will drop, but not significantly.
The new generation will definitely bring a lot of novelties into the cabin of the 2020 Mazda CX-3. Well, there is still enough time until the crossover steps into the market, and meanwhile, technology is going to introduce many novelties. Be sure the CX-3 will follow all the latest trends in the automotive industry. Latest infotainment and safety features are already there. Lane departure and collision warnings will keep passengers safe and driver on alert. The infotainment system is getting a new touchscreen display, larger than before. Besides that, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be a standard offer, while the navigation is still an option that costs extra.
2020 Mazda CX-3 Specs
Currently, CX-3 crossover is using a 2.0-liter four-pot engine that is capable to create 150 horsepower. The next-gen is getting a huge update. The 2020 Mazda CX-3 will get the power from the same unit, but with new tuning. Outputs will grow together with the vehicle. The new 2.0-l engine is capable to deliver 190 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A power router distributes power to front wheels by default, and AWD is optional for the CX-3.
Fuel Economy is Getting a Significant Boost
If announcements come true, we can expect the 2020 Mazda CX-3 to return between 32 and 38 mpg for city drive, while equipped with front-wheel drive. At the same time, highway rating will jump over 40 mpg if CX-3 gains 30 percent, as said. Well, we would rather talk about 38-39 mpg. The all-wheel drive consumes more fuel. Currently, the gas mileage is 27/32 mpg. With +10 percent, that would be 30/35 mpg, and up with 30 percent 35/40 mpg for city/highway.
2020 Mazda CX-3 Hybrid
The gas mileage of the 2020 Mazda CX-3 could jump even more if the crossover comes with the hybrid engine. Its sibling, Mazda3, is already using this kind of powertrain, but not in the US. The crossover could introduce it to new buyers. Well, that is the same 2.0-liter engine paired with an electric motor. However, the CX-3 should improve its power, since Australians and British are not keen on the vehicle that downgrades the output to just 105 hp.
2020 Mazda CX-3 Release Date and Price
The release date of the new 2020 Mazda CX-3 is set for next year. The next-gen crossover is going to take the position in the higher tier, which means price jump. Currently, as a subcompact vehicle, it costs $22,000. The second generation, as a compact crossover, will make the Mazda CX-3 cost at least $25,000. Of course, if hybrid appears, it will push the price further, probably very close to $30k.
Well, only a few things are certain and official for the upcoming vehicle. So, we will have to wait for the second half of 2019 to add more authorized details about the 2020 Mazda CX-3.