However, a Mazda UK spokesperson told Autocar the decision is “for the moment, not forever”, meaning there's a possibility the CX-3 could return to market later this year with updates including more efficient, mild hybrid engines.
The SUV is based on the same platform as the 2 supermini, rather than the underpinnings introduced on the 3 and CX-30. It was introduced in 2015, with a facelift in 2018 bringing only minor updates.
Mazda recently updated the 2 range with mild hybrid engines, but the CX-3 is yet to benefit from these, so it has a negative impact on the Japanese maker’s fleet average CO2 emissions for the year.
The CX-30 is thought to be able to pick up some of the slack for Mazda UK in terms of sales, with finance rates not too far removed from those of the CX-3.