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Mazda Working on Global Car to Slot Between Mazda2 and Mazda3

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/3/2014 Peter Lyon, Holiday Auto Magazine

At last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai revealed the company’s plan to release five new models by March 2016. We know about four of those models which include the next-generation Mazda2 due later this year, the MX-5 slated for a late 2014 sneak preview, as well as the CX-3 and CX-9. The fifth car Kogai referred to was a mystery. Until now.

A source close to Mazda told us that the Hiroshima-based carmaker’s fifth puzzle piece just happens to be one of the most critical additions to its new Skyactiv lineup: an all-new premium global compact car.

While widespread media coverage touted the Geneva show’s Hazumi concept car as being the next-generation Mazda2, our insider suggests otherwise. “Firstly, in contrast to the Hazumi’s width of 1730 mm, the production Mazda2 will not exceed 1700 mm. And the road-going Mazda2’s wheelbase will not stretch by 95 mm as you see on the concept car either. Sure, the Hazumi includes some direction towards the Mazda2, but it is also hinting at something other than a Mazda2.” Mazda Hazumi Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Mazda Hazumi Concept

Like the CX-3, the new global compact will employ the Mazda2 platform. Our source says this new compact car is being designed and developed by Mazda Europe R&D with a concept debut slated for Geneva 2015. Mazda wants to keep the design game moving as well, something reflected in our source’s comment that the as-yet-unnamed compact will be fitted with a newly penned signature grille -- like the next MX-5 -- that does not entail a wing-type (or smiley-type, depending on your POV) grille shape commonly seen on Mazdas today. Mazda Hazumi Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Mazda Hazumi Concept

Which kind of makes sense given that one of its main markets will be Europe. The other main market appears to be the U.S., given that the tiny Mazda2 was only recently added to the company’s lineup. Expected to rival the Mini and Citroen DS3, the global compact will end up one size bigger than the Mazda2, incorporate luxurious lines that appeal to both male and female buyers, and feature a choice of either 1.5-liter Skyactiv turbodiesel or 1.5-liter gasoline engines. The 1.5 diesel will clear the coming Euro6 emission standards. A more powerful version could be powered by a Skyactiv 2.2-liter turbodiesel. Mazda Hazumi Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Mazda Hazumi Concept

Mazda Hazumi concept pictured below

Mazda Global Compact rendering© Provided by MotorTrend Mazda Global Compact rendering

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