Mazda CX-3Mazda has confirmed it will unveil its new Nissan Juke-rivalling CX-3 compact crossover at the LA Motor Show next month.

It will be a true world debut for the new CX-3 on 19 November, which Mazda has teased in sketch form in the build-up to the US show.

If the sketches are representative of the production-ready CX-3, we’re in for something bold, stylish and at least a match for the standout Juke. The artist’s impression shows a strong side featureline that emphasises the exaggerated wheelarches with flowing, intersecting swages.

The Mazda ‘face’ is prominent and there’s the tease of a slight coupe-like flow to the rear.

Interestingly, the sketch seemingly depicts a three-door model, although Mazda’s unlikely to leave out a five-door version as this would seriously restrict sales opportunities in this fast-growing compact crossover segment.

Other than confirming the new CX-3 will use Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology and KODO design theme, firm details of the new model are thin on the ground: we’ll have to wait for the LA show to find out more.

Also on show in LA will be the new Mazda MX-5, plus upgraded versions of both the Mazda6 and CX-5; details of these facelifts are scant too – all eyes on the Mazda show stand next month for more, then.