Mazda Confirms New Model For Geneva, Is It The 2020 CX-3?

Mazda has announced the “world premiere of a new model” at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Unfortunately, that’s all the automaker is willing to share for now, with no information about said model being released. Since the all-new Mazda3 debuted late last year and the current CX-5 has been on the market for only two years, we can rule out these models.

The facelifted Mazda6 has only been around for a year, so it would be a little unusual for the all-new generation to arrive in 2019. As for the MX-5, it received significant updates last autumn including a more powerful 2.0-liter engine. Then there’s the Mazda2 supermini, which received a mid-cycle update in 2017. Unless Mazda has a new model line in the pipeline, that leaves us with the CX-3 subcompact crossover.

All-new CX-3 seems the safest bet

On sale since 2016, it received an engine update last year so logic would have it that 2019 should bring a mid-life makeover at the most. However, we do know that Mazda is already working on an all-new CX-3 that uses the platform of the recently-launched Mazda3.

The current CX-3 is based on the Mazda2 and has been criticized for its cramped interior — especially for rear passengers. The carmaker wants to make it bigger so it can target rivals such as the Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona.

The shift to the SkyActiv II architecture will make the new CX-3 roomier than the current model as well as more economical thanks to the availability of the SkyActiv-X 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Mazda is expected to bring the new CX-3 to market as early as 2020 and a reveal at the Geneva Motor Show this year would fit the picture.

Forget auto shows, Mazda will go where the people are with its flexible pop-up stand concept

As well as announcing the world premiere of a new model for Geneva, Mazda said it would only attend one auto show per continent each year from now on. In 2019, its European schedule will only include the Swiss venue and not the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Besides Geneva, Mazda will be present at a series of events and venues this year in Europe with a new multi-element pop-up booth. The flexible pop-up stand concept will allow Mazda to present itself to the public in lively places such as sports and music events, shopping streets, and holiday spots.

Thanks to Nabe for the tip!

Note: 2015 Mazda Koeru Concept pictured

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  • NoMan2015

    The article itself says the Mazda 2 was last facelifted in 2017. A new generation debuting as a 2020 would make a lot of sense. I’d wager it’s that, or the CX-3.

  • Matthijs

    Of course not, the CX-3 just got a facelift. Mazda2 is more popular in Japan so a European debut doesn’t make too much sense plus there hasn’t been a facelift for the Mazda2, just a small update

    • The CX-3 didn’t got a big facelift. Mazda knows, that the CX-3 is too small compared to the Honda HR-V or Toyota C-HR. Mazda already «announced» a bigger version of the CX-3. I would love it!

  • Dude

    One day I want to see an automaker put really concept-y wheels like that on a production model

  • charlotteharry57

    I disagree. The Mazda6 has been around with minimal, but continuous, updates since Model Year 2014 and is due for a redo. The Mazda3 was last fully redone also for MY ’14, so I bet that’s it. The CX-3 isn’t nearly that old.

    • Agree, but I assume, that Mazda will introduce in Geneva a model for the European market – electric or small SUV.

  • EM1

    What source did “Nabe” provide to make this news?

  • flyfish

    The CX-5 and CX-9 are great looking. There is just something not right with the CX-3 IMHO. Didn’t we just hear about a MX-6 trademark on December 4th?

  • Paul

    I dunno but it looks pretty sexy to me.

    • Rocket

      Concept cars often do. That’s not CX3-sized.

  • Adam

    I think it’ll be the 30th anniversary MX-5. They’ve already shown a very concealed teaser.

  • Sam Curtis III

    The 30th Anniversary edition of the MX 5 will be introduced in Chicago Auto Show, starting the second week of February. So it is not the MX 5 !!!

  • Rocket

    Why are we showing the Koeru Concept for an article speculating the debut of the CX3? That concept was built on the CX5 platform, but was a few inches longer and wider. It was certainly not intended to preview something as small as the CX3. If anything, the Koeru gives us a peek at the rumored CX7 to be built at the new joint Mazda/Toyota plant in the States.

    If there is a launch scheduled for Geneva, my money is on the electric car Mazda has been working on for some time.

  • Ariza Ariza Mclaren 720S

    Surely it will be the novelty of the 2020 Mazda MX-6, luxury coupe Mazda 6 RWD.

    • charlotteharry57

      You could be right about the MX-6. But not with RWD. Probably AWD. My bets are on a concept of the new 6 at the New York Show in 2 1/2 months. Possibly the real thing, if it’s going to be a ’20.

  • Tom

    ….Crossover between CX3 and 4? See CX4 in China.

  • Duke Woolworth

    More restricted side and rear vision for shorter folks from Mazda. My wife takes a pass.

    • I have no problems with the restricted view. All the new safety stuff (rear view camera, blind spot monitoring) help a lot.

  • Archknight77

    The CX3 is probably spot on since the rest of the world got the face lifted version as a 2018, while the US version debuted as a 2019. Mazda was already working on the 2020 version awhile back and as one of their best sellers they’ll likely want to keep the product competitive with the SKYACTIV-X engine to take on cars with more power and fuel efficiency than anyone else in the industry. They have already addressed the issue of the current models size and needing to make it larger, getting those sales will be motivating to pursue the new “Mazda premium” image they want to invoke with the public.

  • Yes, but based on the new Mazda 3,

  • Didn’t they move the introduction of the electric car to 2020?

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