While the CX-3 has proved popular in some markets, Mazda is said to be eager to enlarge the crossover to improve its worldwide appeal. As a result, the next-generation model will no longer use the Mazda2 as its base and instead utilize the small-car platform currently used by the Mazda3. This will increase its size to something similar to the Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona.
Crucially, the Mazda3 platform in question won’t be the one used by the current model, but instead the SkyActiv II architecture set to underpin Mazda’s new-generation compact. Not only is this platform stronger and stiffer than previous architectures, but it also incorporates new torsion beam rear suspension.
Elsewhere, the second-generation CX-3 is said to make use of Mazda’s SkyActiv-X powertrain, an advanced compression-ignition petrol engine that not only improves performance but also slashes fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent. This engine will premiere in the new Mazda3 and is said to deliver approximately 187 hp and 169 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque. Transmission options will consist of a six-speed manual and a torque-converter automatic.
While it remains to be seen exactly how much bigger the second-gen CX-3 will be, Go Auto suggests that cargo space will drastically rise from the 264 liters (69 U.S. gallons) offered by the current model. Additionally, Mazda will alter the seating design and refine the interior to improve ergonomics and acoustics.
The new Mazda CX-3 is, reportedly, set to launch as early as 2020.