Mazda CX-3 Racing concept on show in Tokyo

This new serious Mazda CX-3 Racing concept may lead to a future CX-3 production run

 

As the 2014 Detroit Motor Show started on Monday, the new Ford GT wasn’t the only car stealing the headline of the week – with doors opening at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon, in Japan, too.

The most exciting prospect on show was the Mazda CX-3 Racing concept. Although officially a preview of some sporty CX-3 accessories, it could lead to a UK production run of the car.

A spokesman said: “While I can’t say that much, I will say that we are planning to make some sporty versions of the CX-3 and Mazda 2, and maybe one or two others. The CX-3’s spoilers, side skirts, coloured accents and larger wheels and tyres all point in the direction we want these Racing concepts to go in.”

He was then asked about the potential of tweaked performance and suspension settings, he wouldn’t give much away. But he did hint that the sporty CX-3 would be petrol, rather than diesel powered.

“Even with 4WD, don’t expect us to produce a CX-3 racing concept with a diesel engine,” he said.

We can expect to see a fully refined production version of the CX-3 on the Mazda stand at this year’s 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October. As for exports to the UK, sources couldn’t confirm or deny.

                      

If released in the UK, the Mazda CX-3 would face stiff competition from the Ford Focus ST, VW Golf GTI, Renault Megane Sport 275 Trophy, Vauxhall Astra VXR and the Nissan Pulsar Nismo. This is an already crowded category, but the Mazda CX-3 may yet have a chance. It would need to stand out from the rest to be a big hit.