We Hear: Mazda to add B-Segment CUV, Full-Sized SUV to Lineup
to stay competitive it will need to offer more, and that's exactly what it plans to do by 2016 when its lineup will include two new sport utes.
Autocar spoke with Mazda president Takashi Yamanouchi at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, where the exec discussed his company's future products. For starters, the automaker is considering a small B-segment crossover that will slot below the CX-5.
Details are essentially nonexistent at this point, but Mazda isn't the only automaker considering a pint-sized crossover. Kia, for example, recently unveiled its B-segment Niro crossover concept at this week's Frankfurt show and Ford has already launched its Fiesta-based EcoSport in emerging markets like Brazil and India. Honda, too, is considering a small crossover based on the Fit, which it may build at its new assembly plant in Mexico. Speaking of which, Mazda is currently building its own plant south of the border, which will produce Mazda2 and 3 models once it opens next year. That said, the automaker could theoretically base its new crossover on the Mazda2 platform and produce it alongside the five-door hatch.
The other SUV in consideration is a D-segment, full-sized model, though it's unclear if it will be a next-generation CX-9 or an all new SUV. Having entered the market in model year 2007, the current CX-9 received a face-lift for 2013, but is due for replacement by 2015 or 2016. Autocar reports that the Mazda5 will also be replaced, though no timeline was given for the MPV. In all, the new SUVs are part of Mazda's goal to release eight new cars in the near future. The first was the CX-5, followed by the Mazda6 and Mazda3. An all-new MX-5 roadster should also be on the way soon.