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Mazda CX-3 to get bigger for second generation

Mazda's CX-3 is one of the smaller SUV offerings on the market, but will likely grow in size for the next generation.

Mazda is expected to reveal an all-new CX-3 by 2020, which is expected to be built on the new Mazda3 platform instead of the Mazda2 base, and be larger than the current model to broaden its appeal in overseas markets.

If this is the case, the small SUV will benefit from the SkyActiv-X architecture that is set to debut in the all-new Mazda3 small car next year, which allows for a stiffer chassis and body structure.

As such, the car will be more dimensionally similar to its high-selling Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona rivals.

The new Mazda3 architecture also includes a redesigned torsion beam rear suspension setup that aims to fix Mazda's noise and vibration issues, which according to Mazda Motor Company director and oversight of research and development Kiyoshi Fujiwara, was a focal point of criticism for Mazda's SkyActiv models.

"The (new) torsion beam axle is much better than multi-link suspension in terms of road noise, so we selected that in reducing road noise for customers," he said.

"Because we got a lot of complaints from the media." 

It's also expected that Mazda's SkyActiv-X compression-ignition petrol engines, which improve performance while reducing fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent, will make their way into the second-generation CX-3.

The SkyActiv-X combustion system uses diesel-like compression as well as spark plugs and a supercharger to lower the volume of required fuel.

Furthermore, the world-first engine design can still be mated with conventional six-speed manual or automatic transmissions and run on standard 91 Ron unleaded petrol.

SkyActiv-X, which is planned for the 2.0-litre engine in the next Mazda3, bumps its power up from 109kW/192Nm to around 140kW/230Nm.

The next CX-3 is expected to have a strong focus on improved seat comfort, dashboard ergonomics and interior acoustics as well as a much larger cargo capacity.

Though a huge success in Australia, the CX-3 has not done so well in North American markets where it is considered too small for an SUV.

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