As you probably have noticed in the past few months, more and more automakers announced their intention to develop smaller SUVs for their respective lineups. So did Mazda , who recently announced that next to its CX-5 , CX-7 and CX-9, its lineup will also include a smaller CX-3. This new compact SUV is set to arrive in 2014 and will compete with models like the Ford Fiesta-based EcoSport and the Nissan Juke .
Mazda engineers will design every detail of the car, from chassis to the interior, to obtain a very low weight and as a result a very efficient model. For the CX-3, Mazda is preparing a new diesel engine — likely a 1.6-liter — that will deliver around 80 mpg and CO2 emissions of about 95 g/km. Next to it, customers will also get a new turbocharged 1.3-liter engine. It rumored that the CX-3 will only be offered as a front-wheel-drive model.
On the exterior the next CX-3 will combine design elements from the CX-5 - like the famous ’shield’ grille, with design elements unveiled in the new generation Mazda6 . From our above rendering, you can see that we expect it to also borrow styling elements from the CX-5, but feature a quicker drop-off at the end of the hood – a key part of the KODO design language that Mazda is moving forward with.
The model will arrive in 2014 at a price of around £13,000 (about $20,000 at the current exchange rates).
Image note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering and is not an official image of the Mazda CX-3
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda CX-3.