In a departure from the Mazda of old, and in an effort to expand its appeal, the Japanese automaker has undergone a reinvention. With a new focus on efficiency catapulted by its new Skyactiv technology, Mazda debuted the 2013 CX-5 earlier this year, and the early consensus is that the crossover is a resounding success. Buoyed by its good looks, good fuel economy, and accessible price, Mazda has even announced it would build more CX-5s than expected to better match demand. But does the automaker have yet another, even smaller crossover up its sleeve? According to a report in the U.K.’s Autoexpress, it does.
The report suggests that the mini-crossover could be named the CX-3, in-line with the alpha-numeric naming scheme Mazda currently employs. The crossover would likely debut in 2014–though we would likely see it later than that in the U.S., if at all–and is expected to compete with the Ford Fiesta based EcoSport, and the Nissan Juke. The CX-3 could be powered by a new diesel engine, and would get even better fuel economy than the larger CX-5. Just last week at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, Mazda announced that it would bring a Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. As for the CX-3, we expect more details to emerge next year.