Mazda is reportedly working on a next-gen Mazda2-based small SUV that will be launched in 2014.

Mazda is reportedly working on a next-gen Mazda2-based small SUV that will be launched in 2014.

Set to rival the Nissan Juke and other cars in this segment, the CX-3 will benefit from the firm's SkyActive technologies with emphasis on low weight and various efficiency-related tweaks. Two possible engines for the new model include a 1.3-liter gasoline turbo and a 1.6-liter diesel.

Chances are that Mazda will offer the CX-3 exclusively in a front-wheel drive guise since 2WD crossovers are slightly more popular than AWD versions. Practicality will also play an important role in the development of the car that could feature an intelligent seat layout with the rear seats electrically folded flat by pressing a button.

The Mazda CX-3 should make an appearance in early 2014 and go on sale a few months later.

Note: Mazda Minagi Concept pictured.

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