Like this ... only smaller
That’ll be Mazda’s CX-3
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.