Joins new CX-3, facelifted CX-5 and Mazda6

Mazda brought a trio of MX-5 roadsters to Los Angeles, and the temptation to steal the keys to any one of them is intense. Probably the favourite is the track-ready model Mazda showed at SEMA this year, but if the security guards weren’t paying attention, we’d be out the door and into the California canyon roads in a heartbeat.

This is the North American auto show circuit debut for the MX-5, so expect it to make the rounds while details leak out slowly. What we can tell you is that it’s going to come with a specially tuned 2.0L SKyActiv engine – no horsepower figures are yet published.

But the MX-5, while it captures the imagination, is a small part of Mazda’s overall sales. Cars like the CX-5, Mazda3, and Mazda6 are the backbone of the range – Mazda claims that over 350,000 CX-5s will sell this year worldwide.

Thus, we get the CX-3 compact crossover muscling its way into the market, and joining facelifted versions of Mazda’s family sedan and mid-sized crossover. Along with new front fascias for each, featuring LED lighting depending on trim, there’s also been a revamp of the available wheels. In person, the machine-faced look is pretty good.

Both CX-5 and ‘6 receive improvements to the interior, including cosmetic changes like leather on the dash panel, updates to infotainment, and an electric parking brake (there are some who would not consider the last to be an improvement). These relatively minor updates should continue the CX-5’s strong-selling profile, and hopefully provide a boost for the Mazda6.

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