Mazda's European vice president of research and development has revealed the company is considering a MINI Cooper and Citroën DS3 competitor.

Speaking with Autocar, Ichiro Hirose said the company is "interested in the premium sub-B class" and could have a car launched within two or three years.

Little is known about the model, but it would likely be a city car that incorporates the company's Kodo design language. We can also expect a variety of SkyActiv technologies to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

It remains unclear if the model has been approved for production, but we should learn more in the coming months.

Gallery: Mazda considering a Citroën DS3 competitor - report

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