By Ronan Glon
Friday, Dec 7th, 2012 @ 4:56 am

A report coming out of the United Kingdom indicates that Mazda is in the early stages of designing an entry-level crossover that will slot beneath the CX-5.

Tentatively dubbed CX-3, the crossover will ride on the same platform as the next generation of the Mazda2 sub-compact. Its design will be inspired by Mazda's KODO design language and it will borrow numerous styling cues from the CX-5 and the recently-unveiled 6.

The crossover will make full use of Mazda's SkyActiv technologies in order to be one of the lightest vehicles in its class.

In Europe, the CX-3 will be offered with a pair of new small displacement engines. The first one will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel and the second a 1.3-liter gasoline-burning turbocharged four-banger. Whether or not the CX-3 will be offered with all-wheel drive is not currently known.

If the rumor is true, the Mazda CX-3 will make its public debut towards the beginning of 2014 and hit showrooms across Europe and in the United States several months later. In the U.K., the crossover will carry a base price of roughly £13,000, which converts to about $21,000.

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