Mazda has a new crossover on the way overseas, dubbed the CX-X (for now) with Mazda Australia considering the new model for an Australian introduction.
If the CX-X were to get the green light for a local introduction it would be at least five years away, with the Japanese brand not set to start production of the new model until 2021.
The CX-X would be introduced as a fourth SUV model for Mazda to fit into the range alongside the current CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 trio in North American showrooms.
It’s too early to confirm whether the new model will come to Australia, or where it will sit in the range.
Mazda USA boss Masahiro Moro told Australian reporters at December’s LA motor show that Mazda will weigh up the needs of its customers before settling on a size and shape for the new car.
“We are going to study around 2021 how our customer portfolio looks like, then we are making a decision,” Moro said.
The US executive says Mazda was once recognised as “a young, cool, small car brand”, but that its customers are making the switch to SUVs.
“We are making a big shift right now – with CX-5, CX-9, CX-3, those three crossovers make up close to 60 per cent right now. So we are making a clear shift. ,” he said.
“As you might have known we announced in the future we are going to develop additional new crossover products for USA.”
“I need to see how our customer is making the transition.”
Such a car would not be a certainty for Australia. Though the brand’s local arm is a star in Mazda’s crown – the brand holds a much smaller share of the new car market in the US and Europe – there is no guarantee models built in the US will also be assembled in right-hand-drive form.
Similarly, Mazda has experimented with dedicated models for key markets, declining to sell the new CX-4 SUV outside China.
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