Report – Mazda to extend SUV line-up image

According to a report published by Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Mazda might want its piece of the pie in the blooming small SUV segment, with a Mazda2-based crossover to be revealed later this year.

The Nikkei business daily also said the model would be linked to this summer’s facelift of the popular Mazda 2, but didn’t mention the sources of the information, while Mazda refused to comment and called it a speculation.

According to the newspaper, the small SUV would tap into the growing market of such smaller models, initially being sold only in its home market, where it would compete the recently introduced Honda Vezel crossover, a model also derived from a subcompact – the Fit (Jazz). Although it did not mention any expansion plans for North America – the Honda derivative is planned for a Mexico production, with sales in the US as well – Mazda would eventually expand the new model to Europe, where the segment is growing very popular.

Next, the Nikkei reported on a separate news that Mazda also plans to add to its home market the CX-9 crossover – but only after its planned redesign, due somewhere around the start of 2015.

Via Automotive News Europe