Mazda CX-3? The Mini CX-5 Could be on the Way

By Matthew Askari | December 06, 2012
In a departure from the Mazda of old, and in an effort to expand its appeal, the Japanese automaker has undergone a reinvention. With a new focus on efficiency catapulted by its new Skyactiv technology, Mazda debuted the 2013 CX-5 earlier this year, and the early consensus is that the crossover is a resounding success. Buoyed by its good looks, good fuel economy, and accessible price, Mazda has even announced it would build more CX-5s than expected to better match demand. But does the automaker have yet another, even smaller crossover up its sleeve? According to a report in the U.K.'s Autoexpress, it does. The report suggests that the mini-crossover could be named the CX-3, in-line with the alpha-numeric naming scheme Mazda currently employs. The crossover would likely debut in 2014--though we would likely see it later than that in the U.S., if at all--and is expected to compete with the Ford Fiesta based EcoSport, and the Nissan Juke. The CX-3 could be powered by a new diesel engine, and would get even better fuel economy than the larger CX-5. Just last week at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, Mazda announced that it would bring a Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. As for the CX-3, we expect more details to emerge next year. Source: Autoexpress