The next CX-3 reportedly moves to the new SkyActiv II platform that would let the SUV grow in size, according to GoAuto. Look for it to be larger than the current overall length of 4.27 metres to have a footprint closer in size to the slightly longer Toyota C-HR. The interior would reportedly be more comfy, too, with improvements like resculpted seats and a new dashboard design.
The switch in underpinnings also means the new Mazda would pack a torsion beam rear suspension rather than the current multi-link setup. 'The 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. Because we got a lot of complaints from the media,' Mazda director of research and development Kiyoshi Fujiwara told GoAuto.
The CX-3 would get Mazda's upcoming SkyActiv-X family of engines. These powerplants are the first application of compression ignition in a petrol engine. This technology compresses the fuel-air mixture until it combusts like a diesel. The result is a 20 to 30 percent improvement in fuel economy over a conventional petrol-fueled mill, and torque would increase 10 to 30 percent. An upcoming 2.0-litre version reportedly produces about 187bhp and 169lb-ft of torque.
This new engine will arrive first on the new Mazda3 that will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The five-door hatchback will reportedly take styling cues from the attractive Kai concept. Sales will start in 2019.