The compact crossover Mazda CX-3 will grow and get a revolutionary motorSeptember 10, 2018
Mazda CX-3 second-generation will be larger and move to the platform of Mazda3
The Japanese company Mazda this year has updated its compact crossover CX-3, but in 2020 will introduce a new generation car. It should increase significantly in size, becoming a competitor to the crossover Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona.
The current Mazda CX-3 is built on the platform of the hatchback B-class Mazda 2, but the basis for the new model will lie the platform of a larger Mazda3. And, according to the Australian publication Go Auto, it will be a completely new platform Skyactive II from the new Mazda 3, which should be presented in 2019.
Thanks to this, the new crossover will have a much stronger and stiffer body. In addition, the rear multi-link suspension will be replaced by a much simpler semi-independent circuit. This suspension is much simpler and cheaper, although the main advantage of the director for the development of Kyoshi Fujiwara calls a lower noise level. “In terms of road noise, the new suspension is much better than the multi-link scheme. Before, we received a lot of complaints from the press about the increased noise level” – Fujiwara told reporters.
The new crossover should also get a SkyActiv-X engine of revolutionary design – it’s petrol, but the ignition of the fuel mixture comes from compression, as if in a diesel engine. At the same time, the traditional ignition system with spark plugs works on some of the modes. Apparently, such engines will get cars in the rich complete sets of sTouring and Akari.
Engine SkyActiv-X volume of two liters with a compressor Roots will develop about 190 horsepower. Couple with him will be offered a manual six-speed transmission or a six-band hydromechanical automatic transmission.
The new crossover should fix the main shortcomings of the first-generation machine, which is produced since 2014. After all, the company Mazda c-crossover CX-3 failed to succeed in the important US market: in 2017, the US sold less than 17 thousand cars.