New machine, set to rival the Nissan Qashqai, will share design traits and powertrains with recently launched Mazda 3
James Attwood, digital editor
5 February 2019

Mazda will launch a new compact SUV, which will slot in above the CX-3 in its range, at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The Japanese firm has released a single darkened teaser image of the new car’s rear, showing a relatively compact and sculpted design and round brake lights, in keeping with the latest version of Mazda’s ‘Kodo’ design language.

Mazda says the new machine will be a “brand-new” addition to its range, and forms the second model in its new-generation line-up, following the recently launched Mazda 3.

The firm already offers the Nissan Juke-rivalling CX-3 compact crossover – which shares underpinnings with the Mazda 2 – and the larger CX-5, and it is likely the new model will be a small family SUV that slots in between the two, taking on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai.

That could lead to the new model being labelled the CX-4, a nameplate currently used for a Chinese market-only coupe-SUV.

Mazda says the SUV will be built on its recently developed Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture, and that the powertrain line-up will include its latest Skyactiv-X compression ignition engine – both elements that it will share with the Mazda 3. That suggests the SUV could be a similar size and share a substantial number of its underpinnings.

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5 February 2019

  What was the reason that started the SUV as being the Vehicle we need?, what changed here in the UK that the SUV was a must have?

Peter Cavellini.

5 February 2019

Hopefully it'll have the option of the 2.0 165 from the CX-5 as base, the SKY-Inactive 120hp just doesn't cut it for me.   Problem is the supercharged compression ignition engine currently kicks out 180 in the Mazda 3 which is just to close for what will be a big price gap, it'll have to be up'd or be the only way to get 4wd.

If Mazda can make a quality SUV that undercuts the XC40 and Q3 it'll do well in sales.

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5 February 2019

Great news.  Except in every respect.

5 February 2019

What about the CX-9? If they insist on pushing SUVs then at least sell us Europeans the big one with plenty of space and practicality.

Oh, and Mazda, please sell the 2.5L Skyactiv engine across your model range here too. Some of us want more power without having to default to the German trio.

5 February 2019
ricequackers wrote:

What about the CX-9? If they insist on pushing SUVs then at least sell us Europeans the big one with plenty of space and practicality.

Oh, and Mazda, please sell the 2.5L Skyactiv engine across your model range here too. Some of us want more power without having to default to the German trio.

 

Agreed. Although it would sell in low numbers, I would like the 2.5t to be made available here too.  

Woukd also jump at the chance of a CX9 to replace our Santa Fe. 

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18 February 2019

I'm a fan of Mazda cars and I hope that this new SUV is greater than the previous SUV's they launched.

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