With the Mazda CX-3, Mazda has officially entered the sub-compact crossover race, and boy does it have an attractive little vehicle on its hands.
Based on the Mazda2 hatchback, the CX-3 is for all intents and purposes a smaller, more affordable CX-5 for budget-minded car shoppers, yet looks surprisingly substantial. Its attractive KODO styling is characterized by a prominent grille, piercing headlights, a sloping roofline, blacked out C-pillar that blend with the rear windows, and plastic body cladding.
Overall, the small Japanese crossover’s exterior exudes a tasteful mix of sportiness and ruggedness unlike any other crossover in its segment.
The interior, much of which carries over from the Mazda2, boasts Mazda’s trademark circular air vents, metallic trim and gloss black accents. The list of available active, passive and in-car technologies include the Mazda Connect infotainment system and a heads-up display (HUD).
North American versions of the Mazda CX-3 are powered by a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engine mate to a SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission.
European buyers have more options and get two 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, all three of which can be connected to either a SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or the aforementioned SKYACTIV-Drive automatic.
Power is sent to the front wheels by default, though all-wheel drive can be had for some extra money.
Yes, the CX-3 is stylish, but you can also bet that — like the Mazda2 on which it is based –it will be fun to drive. Mazda promises…
Unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Mazda CX-3 goes on sale around the world in summer 2015. Look at it, how do you think it compares to the other contenders in the small crossover segment, which includes the Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V? Does Mazda have a winner on its hands? Let us know in the comments.
Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge Arrives With 249-Mile Range
The Swedish automaker’s first all-electric vehicle offers 408 horsepower and 249 miles of driving range.
Volvo has taken the wraps off the XC40 Recharge, the first of many all-electric vehicles it has planned for the coming years.
The electric SUV looks nearly identical to the internal-combustion and hybrid XC40 variants, yet the lack of a grille makes it standout as the pure battery-powered EV of the lineup. It can also be ordered with a new color called Sage Green.
The elimination of the XC40’s combustion engine makes room for a little storage compartment under the hood. In other words, there is a frunk.
Electric motors mounted at each axle gives the XC40 Recharge 408 horsepower to work with, as well as all-wheel. The the battery pack, which can be recharged up to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes when using a fast charger, delivers a driving range of up to 249 miles (400 kilometers) on Europe’s WLTP cycle.
Like the exterior, the interior is nearly identical to the other XC40 models, with the exception of the new Android-powered infotainment system, which includes Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store.
Volvo expects electric vehicles to account for half of its global sales by 2025, with hybrid models constituting the remainder. All electrified models — plug-in hybrids and EVs — will fall under the company’s ‘Recharge’ sub-brand.
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Rocks The Coupe-Like Look
The Cross Sport is more stylish than the regular Atlas.
Volkswagen has revealed the all-new Atlas Cross Sport, expanding the Atlas lineup with a sportier, coupe-like crossover.
As a five-seat alternative to the regular Atlas, the Cross Sport eliminates the third row of seats in favor of a sleeker profile but still manages to provides 40.3 cubic feet of stowage space when the rear seats are up and 77.8 cu ft when folded flat.
A three-bar chrome grille, unique headlights, and more sculpted hood gives it a more upscale look than its larger sibling, while an available R-Line package amps up the sportiness factor with 21-inch wheels and sportier bumpers with chrome and piano black accents around the lower front air scoops.
The interior benefits from a few upgrades, featuring a new steering wheel and available stitching accents on the seats and door inserts. Heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and a 12-speaker Fender audio system are part of the options list.
As for power, buyers can choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 235 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V6 with 276 horsepower. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, driving either the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be built alongside the Atlas and Passat at VW’s Chattanooga plant, with the first deliveries arriving in spring 2020.
2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in Hybrid Is The Most Powerful Rav4 Ever
It is the most fuel-efficient and the most powerful Rav4 variant.
Toyota has revealed the 2021 Rav4 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
According to the Japanese automaker, the plug-in hybrid Rav4 will utilize the most powerful powertrain in the model’s history, one that delivers “surprising performance capabilities,” including spirited acceleration and nimble handling.
That means it makes more power than the basic Rav4 hybrid variant, which makes due with 219 horsepower.
Visually, the Rav4 plug-in hybrid features unique styling touches that include a black grille and vertical LED fog lights. It will also be offered with a new Supersonic Red paint scheme and bright chrome wheels.
In related news, rival Honda recently revealed the hybrid version of its popular CR-V crossover.