MAZDA has revised its popular little CX-3 SUV, adding new looks, equipment, power and refinement across its 14-model range.
Up front is a new horizontal lined grille while the rear combination lights on sTouring and Akari models have been restyled, the centre console has had a major redesign, a reverse camera and electric parking brake are now standard on all models and the warranty has been extended to five years.
The range-topping Akari grade gets a 360° monitor and Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go and the turbo-diesel engine gets more capacity and more power.
Urethane foam with a high-damping quality has been used for the front seat cushions to give greater ride comfort and seat upholstery has been changed to full leather on the high grade models.
The range starts from the Neo Sport front-wheel drive petrol six-speed manual at $23,990 ad tops out at $40,490 for the Akari all-wheel-drive six-speed automatic 1.8litre diesel.
In between are Mxx Sport and sTouring in a variety of front and AWD, petrol and diesel and manual or auto transmission.
All grades have a comprehensive suite of standard safety technologies, including Smart City Brake Support Forward and Reverse (SCBS F/R) and Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA).
The sTouring and Akari grades also have new design, bigger (18-inch wheels) with a bright metallic finish that Mazda says ‘better absorb high frequency road noise and vibration.’
The Skyactiv-G 2.0L petrol engine lays claim to improved economy and quicker response, and power is up by just one kiloWatt to 111kW and torque from 192 to 195Nm.
Under the bonnet, a new 85kW 1.8litre turbo-diesel replaces the earlier 77kW 1.5litre motor.
Managing director Vinesh Bhindi, said the changes enhanced the vehicle’s appeal as an aspirational SUV.
“With its original styling, great ride and handling and impressive practicality, Mazda CX-3 was a class leader from the minute it arrived in Australia and has remained so ever since,” he said.
“This latest round of upgrades elevates its elegance, performance and functionality, firmly cementing its place as the small SUV of choice.”
Available now, it comes in a choice of eight colours, matched with five model-dependent interior colour schemes.