Europe: Mazda entering the small SUV segment with CX-3 model image

The small Japanese automaker is ready to reveal the CX-3 model in November, with an official premiere scheduled for the Los Angeles auto show. And the model built in Japan, is also coming to Europe, according to a company spokesperson.

Mazda is getting ready to unveil the production version of the CX-3 subcompact SUV in front of the public attending the Los Angeles auto show and the European buyers won’t have to wait for long before the model joins the rapid-rising segment in 2015.

According to the company spokesperson, the model has been developed using the platform of the recently revealed new generation of the Mazda2 subcompact, and the CX-3 will naturally feature all of the company’s Skyactiv range of features, including its fuel-efficient engines.

According to IHS Automotive, Mazda could sell more than 25,000 units of the model in 2015 and the best-sales year could top 30,000 vehicles. The market researcher forecasts that subcompact SUVs in Europe could grow to 1 million units delivered annually by 2020, expanding from an estimated 500,000 in 2014.

Competition in the segment is intensifying, as Mazda’s CX-3 would be joined by rival entries such as the Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade. Reports also say that Hyundai plans to bring the Chinese ix25 in Europe in 2017.

Via Automotive News Europe