According to a new report, the second-generation Mazda CX-3 is currently due to revealed in June next year, with the new light SUV set to offer smaller petrol engines than its predecessor.
Best Car Web claims the CX-3 will continue to be based on the Mazda2 light hatchback, which it previously said will enter its fifth generation in September this year.
However, unlike the current CX-3, the Japanese publication reports the next one will be powered by the same petrol engines as the related Mazda2.
This is an important potential development, as Best Car Web says the Mazda2 will continue to offer a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine, which would be a downgrade from the CX-3’s existing 110kW/195Nm 2.0-litre unit.
It’s also been reported the Mazda2 (and therefore CX-3) will introduce a 1.5-litre version of the Mazda3 small car and CX-30 small SUV’s 132kW/224Nm 2.0-litre ‘supercharged’ SkyActix-X four-cylinder engine, which has compression ignition and a mild-hybrid system.
Such moves would put more distance between the CX-3 and CX-30, with the latter also currently available with a 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine.
The CX-3 will also get a 1.8-litre turbocharged diesel engine, according to Best Car Web, but the likelihood of it being sold in Australia is low given the current model’s oil-burning option was withdrawn locally due to weak demand, but stay tuned.