Mazda may be working on a new CUV, according to Auto Express. Reportedly called the CX-3, the small crossover will be engineered to take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke, but with a focus on fuel efficiency and engaging driving characteristics.

The report names no sources, but says the CX-3 will benefit from a new small-displacement diesel engine. The 1.6-liter oil burner will be joined by a 1.3-liter gasoline engine when the vehicle debuts in 2014. Auto Express reports the model may bow as a front-wheel drive offering only, with no all-wheel-drive option.

And what will it look like? Word has it Mazda will continue to leverage the face we've seen on the current CX-5 (pictured). That means the company's shield grille will make the jump, but with more plastic lower body cladding. Inside, Auto Express says the CX-3 will offer buyers fold-flat rear seating for extra cargo capacity.


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      piggybox
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Subaru XV Crosstrek sells well, so can a lifted Mazda 3 hatchback
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Then why r u showing the CX5?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        ilmhmtu
        • 2 Years Ago
        My sister said the new CX-5 was ugly. I had no words...
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can only hope that they bring the diesel model here. Mazda has been on a roll lately, the CX-5 and new Mazda6 are fantastic looking cars.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      The CX-5 really isn't that big, and if you want to step down in size you have the Mazda 3 hatchback. I don't see where the gap is they feel they needed to fill with a CX-3.
        gregmlr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Perhaps they feel they need a competitor for that new Sonic-based Buick? I find it amazing that the CX-5 is actually a smidge larger than the Escape, because I have seen quite a few of both vehicles on the streets and the Mazda looks smaller than the Ford.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mazda may be working on a new CUV, according to >>Auto Express<<. The report names no sources ------- That's all I needed to read.
      RA
      • 2 Years Ago
      mazda is super on point with their direction
      Jimmery
      • 2 Years Ago
      based off the Maxda2?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Ben Wright
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's most likely going to be for Brazil and Europe. Maybe China if their anti-japanese rhetoric calms down.
      Big D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good news, the diesel will definitely be in the U.S. this year. Both the CX-5 and the Mazda6 will be getting those engines around mid-year. This article also talks about the smaller diesel being developed for the Mazda CX-3, but word is it could also be in a sportier Mazda2. Mazda is getting very competitive and coming out with some damn good products. Oh yeh, unlike Ford, Hyundai and Kia, their MPG claims have not been disputed by Consumer Reports. Have a great day!!
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      "According to Auto Express" is as trustful as "according to drunk Joan Rivers". Either way, that's a smart and somewhat predictable move for Mazda. Just didn't know they had the funds to afford such a relevant product onslaught! Way to go, Mazda... making up for one of the best line ups in the entire industry. Hope they get to sell this new CX-3 for emerging markets (like Brazil, yay) and come up with a turbocharged version for the 1.3 engine to go with it. On a side note: there is still a free spot on their crossover line up between the compact CX-5 and full size CX-9... how about a sporty "coupe-like" five-door crossover to bear the CX-7 name? Like an X6 for the middle class enthusiast.
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