It’s the Chicago Auto Show this week, but some manufacturers are already teasing models for March’s Geneva International Motor Show. Despite many automakers taking a powder on next month’s event, Mazda just announced plans to unveil a new compact crossover in Switzerland.
Our best guess is that this is a preliminary concept for something that could eventually morph into the next-generation CX-9. However, there’s also an equally good chance Mazda may be testing the waters for a return of the CX-7 or possibly delivering an updated version of the CX-4 that’s only available in China right now.
While the low roofline seems to indicate something smaller and more compact, we don’t yet know how conceptual the design will be. Small greenhouses are all the rage on idea cars but even a pre-production take on the next CX-9 would probably offer more headroom than what’s seen in the photo.
All Mazda has said is that the unidentified crossover will be the “second model in the company’s new-generation line-up” and feature a more mature version of the company’s Kodo design language. The crossover will also help to showcase the brand’s newest Skyactiv engines and their features, including Mazda’s Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology.
We looked into what else Mazda plans on bringing to Geneva and the CX-9 was suspiciously absent from its list. So was the CX-4; however, that’s less surprising, as the model isn’t currently sold anywhere in Europe. Whatever this new car is, the wrapper will come off on Tuesday, March 5th.