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Changan to Sell Re-badged First-gen Mazda3 as Cinturx

The joint venture of Changan Auto and Mazda will release a new compact sedan named "Cinturx" early next year, reveals a recent new-car catalogue from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Spy shots published in the past two months indicate the Cinturx will be the first-gen Mazda3 carrying the Changan logo.

Changan-Mazda currently builds in Chongqing two generations of the 3. The first-gen, retired elsewhere in the world, is sold on the new car market in China as "Mazda3 Classical." The Cinturx will share a production line with it, and eventually replace it.

As expected, the 1.6L Z6V engine from Mazda3, which can put out a maximum of 79kW of power, will be provided for the upcoming Chang-brand sedan. The only known gearbox choice right now is a 4AT.

The rebadging will significantly lower the price range. While the first-gen 3 sells for 96,800-112,800 Yuan, the Cinturx is expected to be priced between 70,000 and 90,000 Yuan.

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