The Los Angeles motor show how hasn’t even opened its doors yet, but one of its biggest – and smallest – stars has just been unveiled. Audi, Mercedes and Bentley are all showcasing important new models, but Mazda has chosen America's autumn show to reveal its new baby crossover, the CX-3.

The world is hardly short of jacked-up superminis; most mainstream brands have managed to roll out something professing to be a rival for the ultra-popular Nissan Juke, although the VW Group has been curiously slow to react.

Still, based on a quick poke around the car on display at the launch event in LA, Mazda stands as good a chance as any of carving off a bit of the Juke's market for itself.

The CX-3 takes the strongest bits of the styling of the recently launched Mazda2 – with a prominent front grille and crisp surfacing along the sides –and then mixes it with elements from the larger CX-5, including hefty plastic wheelarch cladding.