Rendering – The Mazda CX-3 will rival the Ford EcoSport

Posted on: May 29, 2013 - 2:42pm IST

You’re Mazda. You’ve seen sales for small SUVs the size of the Ford EcoSport and the Dacia Duster increase exponentially in places like South America, Russia, China, India and Europe. You do not have a similar model in your lineup. What do you do?

Mazda CX-3 render

For inspiration, you start by looking at the Ford EcoSport, which is basically a Ford Fiesta underneath. Dig deeper and it’s also a Mazda2. So it’s obvious that your mini SUV should be a Mazda2 on heels.

The 2 is scheduled for a replacement sometime next year and it will share it’s platform with the bigger Mazda CX-5 SUV. Great news then, as your mini SUV (which we think should be called the Mazda CX-3) will be based on an already existing SUV platform. As a result, your mini SUV project has already completed the first phase of development without you even having to do anything.

The current Mazda2 rides on the Ford Fiesta platform which in turn underpins the EcoSport.

This is the big picture at Mazda. This may be the next peak point for Mazda, after the Wankel engine.┬áIt started with the introduction of the ‘SkyActiv’ technology seen on the CX-5. While we would not like to talk about the name, the series of improvements Mazda boasted about was certainly impressive. A rigid, lightweight chassis with fuel efficient engines would underpin every Mazda from 2011. Mazda is currently targeting a figure of 4L/100km (25km/l) while producing fewer than 100g of CO2 per km.

Mazda CX-5 rear
The platform underpinning the Mazda CX-5 would eventually support the whole lineup.

This rendering of the CX-3 gets a lot of things right: It wears the familiar Mazda nose and it looks about the same size of the Mazda 2.

Mazda would want to focus on European and South American markets which have shown a positive trend to such compact crossovers. Mazda should be introducing the CX-3 in the next couple of years, once the next generation Mazda2 is launched.

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2 thoughts on “Rendering – The Mazda CX-3 will rival the Ford EcoSport

  1. Swapnil R says:

    I may sound stupid or illiterate but I do not know of any Mazda presence in India (correct me if I’m wrong)!
    So does that mean CX3 (assuming it would be a CBU) would compete against Yeti instead of an EcoSport in terms of price bracket?

    1. Hi, Mazda does not sell cars in India, and I doubt if they have any plans to do so in the immediate future. The EcoSport will be sold in many international markets and the CX-3 will be its rival.


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