Mazda is set to launch the next-generation CX-3 as soon as 2020, Go Auto reports, adding that the new B-segment SUV will grow in size, space as well as overall packaging. It will share the same platform as the next Mazda 3 (the CX-3 currently shares the same platform as the Mazda 2), which means it should dimensionally align with larger rivals like the Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona and maybe the Honda HR-V and Subaru XV.

The new platform is the SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture that’s set to debut in the all-new Mazda 3 next year, which comes with a stronger body structure and stiffer chassis. This new platform includes a re-engineered torsion beam rear suspension system that will apparently quell noise and vibration paths entering the cabin.

Mazda’s director and R&D boss Kiyoshi Fujiwara said the new setup was brought on by sustained criticism that existing SkyActiv models are too noisy. “The torsion beam axle is much better than multi-link suspension in terms of road noise, so we selected that in reducing road noise for customers,” he said, referring to the new Mazda 3 versus the outgoing model. “Because we got a lot of complaints from the media.”

Another potential addition is the fitment of the SkyActiv-X engine – a new high-tech petrol engine with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI). Mazda says the supercharged engine will deliver petrol-like effervescence with the benefits of diesel fuel economy, as well as an output of 190 hp and 230 Nm.

Now, while those figures are for the Mazda 3, it’s logical to think that the same engine will be used for the upcoming CX-3, seeing that current Mazda models share the same engines. Expect SkyActiv-X to be offered as the premium powertrain, alongside the standard SkyActiv-G and SkyActiv-D engines. A six-speed manual or six-speed auto will continue transmission duties.

Elsewhere, the CX-3 is said to get improvements in areas pertaining to seat comfort and support, thanks to Mazda’s newly-developed seating design. There’s also better acoustics for better refinement, as well as improved dashboard ergonomics. Boot capacity and rear legroom will also grow.

We’ve driven a prototype of the 2019 Mazda 3 equipped with SkyActiv-X in Japan, and you can read all about it in our review, here. What do you think of this move? Is it wise for Mazda to chase after the HR-V, or should the CX-3 stay as a class maverick? Let us know in the comments, below.

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