Mazda will debut a coupe-styled SUV at the Geneva auto show, signaling that the automaker will expand its lineup in the booming market for high-riding vehicles.
The compact-sized model will fit between the CX-3 compact SUV and larger CX-5, a source close to the company said.
Mazda said the car features the automaker's latest Kodo design language and is based on its new-generation Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture. Its powertrain lineup will include spark-controlled compression ignition technology that Mazda says combines the best traits of diesel and gasoline engines.
Mazda did not say when the SUV will go on sales or release details ahead of its debut on March 5 in Geneva.
The SUV will be second model in the company's new-generation line-up, after the Mazda 3 which had its debut at the Los Angeles auto show in November.
Mazda Europe CEO Jeff Guyton has said that the automaker is considering expanding its SUV lineup but only with models larger that its CX-3 that earn higher margins.
"The only thing customers tell us about the CX-3 is that it’s too small," he told Automotive News Europe in an interview last year.
Mazda's CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs accounted for more than half of its European sales of 228,210 units last year. CX-5 sales increased 17 percent to 69,196, while CX-3 sales grew 4 percent to 55,192, according to JATO Dynamics market researchers.