Report - Mazda's EcoSport-rival 'CX-3' to debut in Japan by late 2014

21/02/2014 - 16:28 | ,  ,  ,   | Karthik H

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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