Mazda rumored to create a small crossover called CX-3

A big rumor over the ensuing weekend by AutoExpress was that Mazda is in the works to create a smaller crossover, to fill a market void called the Mazda CX-3. The small crossover would be based off of the Mazda2 platform and would be due to arrive sometime early in 2014. It would likely use the patented Mazda SKYACTIV Technology, helping keep the weight low, and the MPG high.

It is likely that the CX-3 will try to model its driving characteristics off of the CX-5 and MX-5 Miata, making it a fun handling and quick vehicle. Potential engine options could be the same engine that powers the CX-5, the 2.5-liter diesel, and the possibility of two other engines that Mazda has in the works; the 1.6-liter diesel and a 1.3-liter turbo gas engine.

Though there is much to come before the possibility of this new mini crossover, the excitement still mounts.

The Mazda CX-7 retires

After a good run Mazda has decided its time for the Mazda CX-7 to hang up the towel. The CX-7 will no longer be sold inside the U.S. The Mazda CX-7 is a five seat crossover that was created to rival the Chevrolet Equinox, the Ford Edge, and Honda CR-V. The Mazda CX-7 is just winding down as far as sales go. In July 2012 it only sold 324 units compared to the 3,152 units of July 2011.

“It’s just at the end of its production cycle,” said Jeremy Barnes, a Mazda North American Operations spokesman, in a phone conversation on Thursday. “The [Mazda] CX-5 is its replacement.”

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 will step in to take the place of the Mazda crossover. The new CX-5 is an AWD four door crossover that starts as low as $29,090. It is the beginning of a brand new direction for the brand overall. It got the “Kodo” design which means “Soul of Motion”, a design that Mazda plans to use on all future vehicles. It is also the first vehicle to receive the full suite of the Mazda patented SkyActiv Technology. It comes equipped with a 2.0 Liter Inline-4 engine that gets 155 HP and 150 Lb-Ft of Torque. It also gets a combined 25 MPG fuel efficiency with the new SkyActiv equipment on board.

So now that the Mazda CX-7 has been replaced by the CX-5 (literally, even if you search it and click on the official Mazda link, it brings you to a page for the Mazda CX-5) we can say our farewells, and wait to see if the CX-5 can live up to the name.