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The Japanese based automaker Mazda is planning to develop a new entry-level crossover which will be named the CX-3 and will hit the market in a couple of years.

With the new Mazda CX-5 becoming a hit worldwide and with the model recently being named the 2012 Japanese Car of the Year, the automaker is planning to develop yet a new entry-level crossover, which is expected to hit the market by 2014. The new crossover to enter Mazda’s lineup will most likely be named the CX-3 and it will be based on the Mazda2. The model will get the company’s SkyActiv technologies and it’s expected to get a low weight and an improved handling.

The Mazda CX-3 will get a choice of two engines under its hood, at first, which includes a 1.3 liter gasoline turbo engine, along with a 1.6 liter diesel unit. Power will be sent to either the front-wheel drive or the all-wheel drive, depending on the version chosen. The Mazda CX-3 will be a direct rival to the segment’s best seller, the Nissan Juke, and also to other new models like the Opel / Vauxhall Mokka, the Peugeot 2008 or the upcoming Renault Clio based crossover. Additional details on the model are limited for the moment.

Source: Auto Express