Mazda CX-3 on way

6 Dec, 2012 10:08am Luke Madden

Mazda is working on a chunky new supermini-SUV, and our image shows how it could look

Mazda is planning a new small SUV, based on the next-generation 2 supermini, and our exclusive image shows how it could look.

It’s expected to be badged CX-3 and is due in 2014, when it will join a line-up of new Mazdas, ranging from the new 2 supermini and next-generation 3 family car to a new MX-5 roadster and even a city car rival to the VW up!.

When it’s released, the CX-3 will take on crossovers like Ford’s Fiesta-based EcoSport and the Nissan Juke, and aims to be one of the most efficient and best-driving models in its class.

Engineers will use Mazda’s SkyActiv technologies, applying a focus on low weight and strong efficiency to everything from the chassis to the gearbox.

A new diesel – thought to be a 1.6-litre engine – will play a major part in reducing emissions. The most efficient version of the bigger CX-5 – which features a 2.0-litre diesel – manages 61.4mpg and 119g/km, but the CX-3 could be capable of around 80mpg and 95g/km.

Mazda is also thought to be developing a 1.3-litre petrol turbo, which could feature in the CX-3 line-up.

In this class, two-wheel-drive crossovers outsell four-wheel-drive versions by some margin, so the CX-3 may be offered as a front-wheel-drive model only.

As it did in the CX-5, Mazda will attempt to deliver a taste of the MX-5’s driver appeal, so the new car’s steering and gearbox will be set up for instant responses and feedback.

Our image reveals that the CX-3’s front end will borrow the CX-5’s ‘shield’ grille, plus its chunky underbody protection, while the sharp headlights are from the 6.

Practicality will be key to the CX-3’s appeal, so engineers are working on a clever seat layout, which sees the rear seats fold flat at the touch of a button.

The newcomer will be priced from around £13,000, and we’ll get our first proper look at it in early 2014. Sales of the CX-3 are then expected to start later that year.

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mokka hehe

Certainly a compliment to Peter Scheyer - ex VW/AUDI - the KIA Top Designer and responsible for the dynamic new KIA Sportage and new model range now!

Hope NISSAN reads this and acts accordingly!

Think someone at AE has been playing about with photoshop and grafted some mazda 2 wing mirrors and CX5 side cladding onto a Vauxhall Mokka and then added a Mazda grille and lights.