Rumor: 2020 Mazda CX-3 Will Be Way Bigger (UPDATED)
A new Mazda rumor is circulating, this time starting from Australia and, for once, not about rotary engines. Instead, this rumor is saying that for 2020, Mazda will introduce a completely remade CX-3, with a significant size increase and different underpinnings.
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According to Australian automotive industry journal GoAuto, the most fundamental change for the CX-3 is its platform. Currently, it says, the CX-3 stands on the Mazda2’s B-segment platform, which for 2020 Mazda will replace with the Mazda3’s small car platform. On top of this, GoAuto says, the platform will use the new SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture, which the Mazda3 will sport sometime next year. All in all, this would give the CX-3 much more cargo space and, potentially, the SKYACTIV-X engine,which will also appear next year.
These changes would likely be to increase sales in the US, where the CX-3 has struggled against slightly larger crossovers. I reached out to Mazda for comment, and will update this article if I receive a response. Unfortunately, though, Mazda is generally very tight-lipped about future or possible future vehicles.
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I take these rumors with a pretty hefty dose of salt, as GoAuto lists no source for this information. In addition, it seems pretty soon for a redesign for the CX-3, which the brand just redesigned for 2019, only unveiling the latest version in April.
On the other hand, I agree that increasing size and the integration of the new SKYACTIV tech will likely be coming soon to the CX-3. The industry is already trending toward larger vehicles, and it was never really in doubt that Mazda would be putting its new tech in the whole of the lineup.
UPDATE (9/20/18): After reaching out to Mazda for any comment they had, the brand is continuing its usual silence, replying, “Thanks for interest in Mazda Daniel. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you but at Mazda we do not comment on speculation regarding future possible models.” Oh, well, at least I tried.