Mazda has unveiled the 2016 CX-3 in Los Angeles. Full details inside

Mazda has unveiled the 2016 CX-3 in Los Angeles.

Set to go on sale next year, the entry-level crossover has a prominent grille, sweptback headlights and plastic body cladding.  Moving further back, there's curvaceous body work and a blacked out C-pillar which has been designed to resemble a rear window.

The cabin largely carries over from the Mazda2 and features circular air vents, metallic trim and gloss black accents.  Higher-end variants will also have a heads-up display and a Mazda Connect infotainment system.

In the United States, the CX-3 will be powered exclusively by a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engine.  The company was coy on specifications but it will be connected paired to a SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission.

Europeans, on the other hand, will receive two 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and the new 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine.  They can be connected to either a SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or the aforementioned SKYACTIV-Drive automatic gearbox.

Front-wheel drive will be standard on both European and North American models but all-wheel drive will be optional.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will go on sale in the United States next summer and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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