EcoSport rivalling Mazda CX-3 release date to fall in late 2014

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We reported in detail when it first emerged that Mazda is readying CX-3 compact SUV to rival the high selling Ford EcoSport and the likes. (CLICK HERE for our earlier report)

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Now, thanks to a report by Nikkei, a Japanese news daily, it has emerged that the Mazda CX-3 release date will fall in late 2014 and the upcoming compact SUV will be based on the next gen Mazda2 hatchback, which will make its public debut at the fast approaching Geneva Motor Show next month.

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The upcoming Mazda CX-3 mini SUV will find itself slotted below both the CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs and as is obvious, would become the smallest SUV in the Japanese car maker’s product portfolio. The Mazda CX-3 will sport the carmaker’s new family look that features the five-point grille connected to the headlights via a strip of chrome and the upcoming mini SUV will be developed using the automaker’s Skyactiv technologies to keep the weight under check.

Powering the upcoming model will be an all new 3-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will make its public debut on the soon to be unveiled Mazda2 and next generation Mazda3. The car is also slated to a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine that will be high on fuel efficiency and low on emissions. Not much is known about the upcoming model but it is being said that the CX3 will have a clever seating layout with rear seats that will fold flat at the touch of a button.

Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the upcoming Mazda CX-3 compact SUV

Rendering courtesy: Carscoops.com