Mazda has used its Kodo design language to make some of the most attractive, affordable cars in the world right now, with the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 (pictured above), but it still lacks a crossover in the smaller class, which are becoming popular on the world market. It seems like a natural fit then, that the Japanese company would shrink its CUV design even smaller for a CX-3 to fill the gap. However, a rumor suggests that the compact might not make it to these shores.

The Mazda2-based crossover is due later this summer in Japan and is launching in Europe and emerging markets later, according to Automotive News citing a report in Japan's Nikkei newspaper. The little CUV would cost between 1.5 million yen and 2.0 million yen ($14,700-$19,500) in Japan and be available with diesel and petrol engine options. However, the report made no mention of selling it in North America. There is a glimmer of a chance for the CX-3 here. Mazda is upgrading its Mexican factory to 230,000 annual unit capacity by 2016, which gives it the room to add the new vehicle.

While the midsize CUVs are hugely popular in the US, compacts like the Buick Encore are still a small portion of things. If Mazda could time the CX-3's launch right here, it could take advantage of the lack of competition.


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      Justin Shaw
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not that I have interest I this particular vehicle, but I'm sure there's a market for small fuel efficient crossovers, that just happen to be fun to drive.
        The Wasp
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        I agree -- except the fun to drive part is not important since most people don't care about that at all. This is a commuter/passenger vehicle, not a race car.
      prighello
      • 10 Months Ago
      What's the difference size wise between a CX-3 and a Mazda3? Maybe that's why we won't get one?
        drew
        • 10 Months Ago
        @prighello
        Most likely shorter in length but taller.
      pickles
      • 10 Months Ago
      That CX-3 seemed like very sound business. Keep the options on it upscale- it would feel like a step up from Kia Soul, that messy Honda mini-suv that will come out. It would need the fun stuff- leather, sunroof to bring the margins up but that's easy. Mazda should do it. America loves SUVs and that height of vehicle- plus all the boomers are starting to have hip problems- the 3 is too low for them.
      cpmanx
      • 10 Months Ago
      In the US market, a CX-3 makes more sense than selling the Mazda2. There is an urban chic quality to small CUVs that most small hatches (MINI excluded) have had a hard time matching. I think Mazda should give it a shot.
      Max
      • 10 Months Ago
      I think this would be a great car to have in an urban setting or college town. You can move people, moving boxes, small furniture, have an easy time parking, and the fuel economy should be close to a Mazda3.
      Wetstuff
      • 10 Months Ago
      Of course nobody wants to be first to bring in a small diesel SUV? It makes too much sense ... we deserve chrome monsters instead. ...??? Jim
      Phontsolo
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm seeing plenty of Mazda 2's in my area every single day so I'm not sure what this talk about not selling is all about. Not selling compared to what? A Civic? A Corolla?
        Greg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Phontsolo
        For calendar years 2012 & 2013 in the US: Mazda2: 19,315 & 11,757 Mazda3: 123,361 & 104,713 Mazda5: 14,640 & 13,884 Mazda6: 33,756 & 43,638 CX-5: 43,319 & 79,544 CX-9: 24,442 & 24,628 The 2 was their worst selling model last year, and over the last two years, it's only sold better than the 5 (excluding cancelled models like the CX-7, RX-8, etc.). Part of that is because it's old, and sales will go up when the redesign hits the market. But even then, it will not sell in the same volume category as the 3, CX-5, or even the 6.
      Jasonn
      • 10 Months Ago
      According to recent numbers, mazda still can't sell the new products they have right now. It wouldn't make sense to bring over another model they can't keep up with/market properly.
        Joey Franklin
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jasonn
        There is plenty of supply here, one of my local dealers has multiple 6's in every color and trim level and they have quite a few of the new 3's too. They have a dark blue 3 wagon and a white sedan i've been eyeing but the proportions don't look as good as on the 6.
        drew
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jasonn
        Supply problems.
          Greg
          • 10 Months Ago
          @drew
          Jasonn, your comment is screwed up. Can they not "sell the new products" or can they not "keep up"? Their new products are selling quite well (for Mazda). Are they supply limited? When the 6 debuted, it certainly was, but they've ramped it up just fine. The 3 seems to be similarly limited now, but their Mexico plant just started, so supply of their small vehicles--the 2, 3, and the CX-3 should they build it--should not be supply constrained moving forward.
          Jasonn
          • 10 Months Ago
          @drew
          yes, which is why I said "can't keep up with/..."
      gregmlr
      • 10 Months Ago
      Here's an idea. Discontinue the hatch Mazda2 (which never sold very well here) and introduce a sedan. Then, bring us the Mazda CX-3. That Buick thing (Encore?) is proof that a compact crossover can work.
        Greg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @gregmlr
        That's not a bad idea, gregmlr, but I don't think it would be successful. IMO, subcompacts are just too small to work well as sedans, and the hatch is just the better fit for that size. I would not cripple one vehicle just to create space for a new model. Photosolo, comments like yours about sedans/hatches are the reason normal people don't like car people.
          gregmlr
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Greg
          Don't blame me, Phontsolo, blame the general public! I love cars with a hatch, they're much more practical and even though they're loved by most enthusiasts, they simply to not sell that well here. Look at the Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta, I probably see the sedan over the hatch 10-1.
        Phontsolo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @gregmlr
        What is this garbage you're spewing? People with your mind set need to go away. You want YET another SEDAN? Give me a break. Like there aren't enough SEDANS in the Untied States. Yes! Let's ruin another small hatch with much potential and let's turn it into a sedan or crossover. Get out of here! Do not discontinue the Mazda 2! Make a MAZDASPEED2. It's a lightweight hatch with much potential. One that handles very well plus looks very nice when modified.
      360_AD
      • 10 Months Ago
      The subcompact SUV space is already getting crowded. Does Mazda, a company with limited resources, really need to be a me-too in this space? I think not.
        Greg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @360_AD
        Not in the US. However, it is still a growing market globally, and combined with manufacturing in Mexico could be just the ticket to increase their brand presence in Latin America.
        Avinash Machado
        • 10 Months Ago
        @360_AD
        Agreed.
      Stevenjc69
      • 10 Months Ago
      They should bring it. I bet it would sell a lot of them. I have a 3 and love it.
      Tariff The Imports
      • 10 Months Ago
      I say great news. Hopefully this rumor proves truthful.
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