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Mazda is also joining the compact SUV race with the development of a new model called the CX-3, which will be launched towards the end of this year.

A report on Japanese news daily Nikkei says that the CX-3 SUV will be based on the Mazda 2 hatchback, a new generation of which will debut in the concept form at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Mazda CX-3 rendering

Mazda’s Ford EcoSport rival CX-3 is reported to be launching in Japan by the end of this year.

The CX-3 will sit under the CX-5 to compete against the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Ford EcoSport, Peugeot 2008 and the Nissan Juke. The report says that the CX-3 would first hit the Japanese markets and that there’s a diesel powertrain in the works for that market. It also says that it is likely to be priced between 1.5 million and 2 million Yen (Rs 9.09 lakh to Rs 12.12 lakh.)

Mazda Hazumi Concept teaser

The CX-3 is said to be based on the Mazda 2 hatchback that will be previewed by the Hazumi Concept in Geneva next month.

Dimensions for the Mazda CX-3 haven’t been reported, but the car is likely to measure 4-4.2m long with a wheelbase of about 2.5m.

[Rendering source - Carscoops.com]

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  • jim young

    Hope the CX3 comes to America for 2015. Have been shopping crossovers and most are a little too big for my needs. This would be perfect! Will postpone a Subaru Crosstrek purchase in hopes of seeing the CX3 in 2015.

  • Swapnil R

    Has Mazda ever had any presence in India in the past; be it alone or as a JV?

  • Partha Ghosh

    The CX-3 concept looks brilliant…!! That’s what a ccompact crossover should be.. Maruti may think of hiring their designers