The Mazda CX-3 is being being axed from the European range “for the moment, not forever” to lower the company’s fleet CO2 average.
A Mazda spokesperson told Autocar the car is being withdrawn from the UK market, but hinted it could return later in the year with a 1.5L mild hybrid powertrain.
The Mazda 2 supermini hatch, which the CX-3 is based on, was updated recently and features the new 1.5L mild hybrid system. This powertrain has yet to be made available in the SUV.
Some of the demand for the CX-3 will be taken up by the slightly larger CX-30, which is based on the latest Mazda 3 sedan and hatch.