Mazda is said to be busy preparing the related next-generation Mazda2 light car and CX-3 light SUV, but two new reports indicate it has hit a speed bump along the way.
Best Car Web has separately suggested the new Mazda2 and CX-3’s reveals have been pushed back to March and October next year respectively, having previously claimed their debuts would take place this month.
The Japanese publication did not provide an explanation for the Mazda2’s six-month and CX-3’s 13-month delays, although it stands to reason the global semiconductor shortage was a key factor.
Either way, Best Car Web has doubled-down on its previous reporting by continuing to claim the Toyota Yaris Cross and MG3 rivals will share their 1.5-litre engine options, including naturally aspirated petrol and turbo-diesel units.
That said, the Japanese publication reports flagship responsibilities will be handled by a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine featuring Mazda’s emerging SkyActiv-X compression-ignition technology as well as a 48V mild-hybrid system, all in the name of fuel efficiency.
An artist's impression of the next-generation Mazda2. (Image credit: Best Car Web)
Critically, such moves would put more distance between the CX-3 and the Mazda3-based CX-30 small SUV, with the latter currently kicking off with a 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine that’s only slightly more potent than the former’s existing 110kW/195Nm version.
However, Best Car Web says there’s a possibility the Mazda2 and CX-3 will continue their two-pronged attack on the Light Car segment in 2023 with the release of a new series-style plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain with a rotary engine.
Of course, time will tell what Mazda actually has in store, so stay tuned, but needless to say, 2022 is shaping up as a very busy year for the popular Japanese brand.