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That’ll be Mazda’s CX-3

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - KARLA PIN­COTT­cott@cars­

IT doesn’t yet ex­ist even in clay form but a ju­nior Mazda SUV will ar­rive in 2015. Var­i­ous ren­der­ings and mock-ups have been around as far back as 2007 but the Hiroshima com­pany has had no con­crete plans to date to pur­sue a smaller ver­sion of the pop­u­lar CX-5.

But with the next-gen­er­a­tion Mazda3 con­firmed for 2014, a com­pact SUV de­riv­a­tive is cer­tain, ac­cord­ing to re­ports from Europe this week.

The baby cross­over will en­ter a grow­ing seg­ment as the world con­tin­ues to down­size. It will add an­other front-wheel drive op­tion to the SUV car park.

The fo­cus is on lean run­ning with en­gines said to be a 1.6-litre diesel and a 1.3-litre turbo petrol. All vari­ants will use SkyActiv tech­nol­ogy and fuel-sav­ing strate­gies.

Bri­tain’s Auto Ex­press mag­a­zine sug­gests the CX-3 could have hy­brid-beat­ing fuel con­sump­tion— as low as 3.3L/100km— and CO emis­sions of about 96g/km. The CX-3 is a sure bet to be built as a front-driver and, pos­si­bly, with no all-wheeldrive op­tion.

How­ever, Mazda will be keen to give the cross­over, which will be a ri­val for the lauded Nis­san Juke, some on- road ap­peal, with sharp steer­ing and ca­pa­ble dy­nam­ics.

It is likely to have the cor­po­rate frontal styling of the CX-5 and to get some toughtouch body kit for the SUV look. There are also said to be rear seats that drop flat at the touch of a but­ton.

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