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Mazda have announced that the new Mazda CX-3 will debut at the LA Auto Show, which will happen later this month. It released a single shadowy sketch of the new SUV, but here’s a first look at a prototype of the production car still wearing plenty of disguise.

We first heard of the Mazda CX-3 in April this year when an AmResearch report covering Berjaya Auto stocks shared that the Mazda Malaysia distributorship would be launching it in the 2016 financial year.

Although there were rumours of the model before that, this was the first mention of the model that could be officially connected to sources privy to the Mazda business.

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From the front, the CX-3 gets a big grille with multiple horizontal bars similiar to that on the Mazda CX-5 facelift and Mazda 6 facelift.

The Mazda CX-3 will be built on the same platform as the Mazda 2, and will likely share plenty of the Mazda 2’s styling cues. But then again, new Mazdas all look similiar anyway, not that that’s a bad thing when the base template is easy on the eyes to begin with.

Engine options will likely be similiar that of the Mazda 2 as well, which means either a 1.5 litre Skyactiv petrol engine or a 1.5 litre Skyactiv-D diesel. Most of the CX-5’s rivals have similiar sized engines, but some have more powerful options such as the Honda HR-V’s 1.8 litre engine and the Nissan Juke’s 1.6 litre turbo.

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