The all-new Mazda CX-3 has officially landed in Australia, sitting in as the company’s smallest ever SUV, beneath the CX-5 and CX-9.
First revealed at the 2014 LA Auto Show, the CX-3 is set to be one of Mazda’s most popular models. It’s available in four main variant levels, spanning from the Neo, Maxx, sTouring, and the top-line Akari. There’s also Safety packages for the Neo, Maxx and sTouring.
Two engines make up the range, including an all-new 1.5-litre diesel producing 77kW and 270Nm, and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol producing 109kW and 192Nm. The diesel offers an average consumption of just 4.8L/100km for the front-wheel drive auto versions, while the petrol offers an economy of 6.1L/100km for the front-wheel drive auto.
All models come with cruise control, a multi-format audio system, Bluetooth, push-button start and rear parking sensors. Model grades up from the Maxx get Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system including a 7.0-inch touch-screen display.
The Maxx models and above also come with two USB ports, a reversing camera, and a Drive Selection mode system for the petrol models with a sports setting for more spirited driving. There’s also 16-inch alloy wheels (as opposed to steel wheels on the Neo) and sat-nav as standard.
As for the design, the CX-3 takes on the company’s latest Kodo styling philosophy. There’s the iconic drooping front grille, chrome accents, bolstered wheel arches, slimline headlights, and a perched up cabin for that crossover cabin stance.
The new SUV is now available from showrooms around the country. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):
|2.0L Petrol FWD|
|1.5L Diesel FWD|
|2.0L Petrol AWD|
|1.5L Diesel AWD|