Rumors about an entry-level Mazda crossover have been circulating for years but Mazda Australia Managing Director Martin Benders has finally confirmed its coming.

Rumors about an entry-level Mazda crossover have been circulating for years but Mazda Australia Managing Director Martin Benders has finally confirmed its coming.

In an interview with The Motor Report, Benders said "We’ve made it clear" we want to enter the compact crossover segment and Mazda's offering is "not that far away." Benders declined to give a timeframe but the company has previously announced plans to launch five new models by the end of 2016.

Nothing is official but the entry-level crossover - tentatively named the CX-3 - could be based on the new Mazda2. If these rumors are correct, the model could be offered with a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engine and a 1.5-liter SKYACTIV-D diesel engine.

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