Mazda waited till the lights have been out to tease the tidy rear finish of a model new crossover. The Japanese automaker did not say a lot concerning the mannequin that can debut on the Geneva Motor Present subsequent month, solely calling it “a brand-new addition to the Mazda lineup,” and “the second mannequin in new-generation lineup.” We will put our chips down on this being the following CX-Three crossover, which has been predicted to reach by 2020.
If that is so, we are able to count on a bigger mannequin than the one at present on sale. The current, first-gen CX-Three rides on the Mazda2 platform. The approaching CX-Three will use the Skyactiv Automobile Structure supporting the brand new Mazda3, rising out of the subcompact class into the compact section. In accordance with one report final 12 months, the additional girth is a play for higher gross sales within the U.S. market. In 2017, Mazda offered extra CX-3s in Australia than within the U.S.
The stronger, stiffer platform will introduce Mazda3’s delights such because the human-centric inside ergonomics, and hopefully the identical driving dynamics that we known as “the lifetime of the compact sedan social gathering” in our Mazda3 First Drive. Sure, that is all however sure to imply a torsion beam rear suspension, which was mentioned to have been performed for NVH causes after Mazda mentioned it “obtained lots of complaints from the media” over the multi-link rear. The engine lineup ought to mirror the Mazda3 within the U.S., being the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder at launch, adopted by the Skyactiv-X.
We will most likely count on extra teasers earlier than Geneva press days kick off on March 5.