Mazda may be introducing a new small car to fit in between the company’s Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 models, according to a report from our colleagues at Motor Trend. This report builds on Mazda's earlier promise that the company would introduce five new models by March 2016.
We already knew about four of these new models, which include the next-generation Mazda 2 hatchback, the next Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, a redesigned Mazda CX-9 crossover, and a new Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover that will be based on the same platform as the new 2. MT is now saying that the fifth of these new models will be a “global premium compact” that would slot in between the B-segment 2 and C-segment 3 in the Mazda lineup.
MT’s source suggests that the Mazda Hazumi concept from the Geneva auto show (pictured), previously thought to be a preview of the new Mazda 2, could also give a hint to what this new premium compact would look like. This new car is reported to be under development by Mazda’s European R&D arm, and will ride on the same Skyactiv platform as the Mazda 2. It will aim to be more upmarket and stylish than the company’s more mainstream 2 and 3 models, as Mazda hopes to compete with cars like the Mini Cooper.
With its rumored 1.5-liter gasoline and diesel Skyactiv four-cylinder engines, this model will primarily be targeted for the European and American markets. A more powerful version in Europe could possibly be powered by the company’s larger, 2.2-liter diesel powertrain as well, MT suggests. This new Mazda compact could also take on a slightly different styling direction, with a new signature Mazda grille slated to appear on this premium model that makes style a priority.
Stay tuned for more news about this new global Mazda small car, as a concept previewing this model is said to be in the cards for next year’s Geneva auto show.