New Mazda CX-3 defies its dimensions, packing even more style, value and power into the small SUV’s latest update. 

Releasing in Australia at the end of August, New Mazda CX-3 has seen design, equipment and engine upgrades to enhance its timeless appeal and the elements that make it one of the most popular small SUVs in the segment.

On the exterior, a new front grille adopts bold horizontal lines to achieve a more assertive stance, while rear combination lamps on sTouring and Akari models have been refined to give a more premium and precise look.

On Maxx Sport and above, gloss black adorns the fog lamp bezels and side pillars, sharpening the detail of the areas around the window and highlighting the flowing, floating roofline. 

Inside, New Mazda CX-3 has been given a substantial makeover with a revised centre console design accommodating the newly added Electric Parking Brake (EPB), now standard on all grades.

The change from a manual park brake to an electric one has meant the Command Controller has been relocated, moving forward for easier reach. A folding padded lid has also been fitted to the console box, doubling as a comfortable central armrest for driver and front seat passenger.

Taking comfort and convenience a step further, for Maxx Sport and above, the folding rear armrest features two cup holders that can carry containers of varied sizes.

Urethane foam with a high-damping quality has been adopted for the front seat cushions to give greater ride comfort, and seat upholstery has been changed to full leather on the high grade models.

High grade sTouring and Akari also get a new anti-glare interior rear-vision mirror that automatically cuts glare, dimming the reflections of strong, bright lights.

Boosting safety, a reverse camera is now applied to all grades, joining a comprehensive suite of standard i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies to support the driver, including Smart City Brake Support Forward and Reverse (SCBS F/R) and Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA). 

The range topping Akari also adds Mazda’s new 360° View Monitor and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go, the only vehicle in its category to offer both functions.

Further still, sTouring and Akari grades adopt newly designed, bigger, 18-inch wheels with a bright metallic finish that better absorb high frequency road noise and vibration.  

Dynamics have been further advanced with suspension Electric Power Steering (EPS) revisions. 

New Mazda CX-3 is available with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L petrol engine, which has seen a range of SKYACTIV technologies applied to improve economy and promote quicker engine response, lifting power from 110kW to 111kW at 6,000rpm, and torque from 192Nm to 195Nm at 2,800rpm.

The new SKYACTIV-D 1.8L turbo-diesel engine is also offered, replacing the smaller capacity 1.5L engine in the previous model. 

Combined with a host of SKYACTIV technology upgrades, including redesigned stepped egg profile combustion chamber, ultra-high piezo injectors, a new coolant control system and Natural Sound Smoother, the new engine boosts power to 85kW from 77kW at 4,000rpm, while torque remains a high 270Nm delivered between 1,600 and 2,600rpm. 

Managing Director of Mazda Australia, Vinesh Bhindi, said the changes to New Mazda CX-3 enhance its 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 enhances the winning elements of the Mazda CX-3, elevating its elegance, performance and functionality, firmly cementing its place as the small SUV of choice.” 

New Mazda CX-3 is available in four model grades, with Neo and Maxx variants upgraded to Neo Sport and Maxx Sport to sit alongside sTouring and the top-spec Akari models. 

New Mazda CX-3 is available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive guises with either the 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission.

New Mazda CX-3 is available in a choice of eight colours, matched with five model-dependent interior colour schemes.

Manufacturer’s List Price:


Grade

Engine

Drive

T/M

MLP

Neo Sport

2.0L Petrol

FWD

6MT

$23,990

Neo Sport

2.0L Petrol

FWD

6AT

$25,990

Maxx Sport

2.0L Petrol

FWD

6MT

$25,490

Maxx Sport

2.0L Petrol

FWD

6AT

$27,490

Maxx Sport

2.0L Petrol

AWD

6AT

$29,490

sTouring

2.0L Petrol

FWD

6MT

$28,740

sTouring

2.0L Petrol

FWD

6AT

$30,740

sTouring

2.0L Petrol

AWD

6AT

$32,740

Akari

2.0L Petrol

FWD

6MT

$33,990

Akari

2.0L Petrol

FWD

6AT

$35,990

Akari

2.0L Petrol

AWD

6AT

$37,490

Maxx Sport

1.8L Diesel

FWD

6AT

$29,990

sTouring

1.8L Diesel

AWD

6AT

$35,240

Akari

1.8L Diesel

AWD

6AT

$40,490

 

The Mazda CX-3 is the first vehicle in the small SUV sales segment to offer Smart City Brake Support Forward and Reverse as standard equipment, and it’s now standard across the entire range.

The class leader when it comes to safety, the New Mazda CX-3 also includes Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Safety Alert (RCTA) i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies as standard on the Maxx grade up, while sTouring and Akari variants also get Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

For buyers wanting the Akari, the top-of-the-range model also comes with Adaptive LED Headlamps and Front Parking Sensors to complete the safety upgrade. The Mazda CX-3’s first update since arriving in Australia in March 2015 also includes a range of ride, handling and NVH improvements making driving smoother and even more comfortable.

Like its medium SUV sibling, the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5, the Mazda CX-3 also comes with G-Vectoring Control, a system that uses the engine to enhance chassis performance, as standard. In addition, suspension updates in the form of a redesigned front lower arm bushing has improved steering response, while changing the angle of the bushing has contributed to a more premium ride.

On diesel models, the introduction of High-Precision DE Control Boost more accurately interprets driver accelerator intention by responding immediately to input, creating more linear acceleration, while the Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Frequency Control make the engine quieter by reducing knocking. These three technologies were first introduced on Mazda6 followed by the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5.

NVH has been improved supressing road noise, especially high frequency tyre noise, as well as a reduction in wind noise when driving at high speed. Combined, these make for a quieter and more enjoyable driving experience. Inside, the Mazda CX-3 receives a newly designed steering wheel and improved meter graphics; and a manual seat lifter, power seats with position memory, digital radio and a coloured Active Driving Display are available on selected grades across the range.

Available in eight stylish colours, including the new Eternal Blue Mica, high grades also have gun metallic coloured 18 inch alloy wheels and auto folding and heated mirrors, while Neo and Maxx side mirrors now fold with a flick of a switch. The range-topping Akari adds more luxury with heated 10-way power adjustable driver seats with memory function, auto folding mirrors, digital radio, a coloured Active Driving Display and the full range of available i-ACTIVSENSE safety equipment.

The New Mazda CX-3 is powered by a 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol and a 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine mated to a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission. Available in both Front-Wheel Drive and i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive options, fuel economy figures for petrol models start from a low 6.1 litres per hundred kilometres and 4.8 litres per hundred for diesel variants.

The New Mazda CX-3 is on sale now.

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price*

2.0L Petrol

Grade Transmission MLP
Neo Manual FWD $20,490
  Auto FWD $22,490
     
Maxx Manual FWD $22,890
  Auto FWD $24,890
  Auto AWD $26,890
     
sTouring Manual FWD $26,990
  Auto FWD $28,990
  Auto FWD $30,990
     
Akari Manual FWD $31,490
  Auto FWD $33,490
  Auto AWD $35,490

1.5L Diesel

Grade Transmission MLP
Maxx Auto FWD $27,290
sTouring Auto AWD           $33,390
Akari Auto AWD $37,890

*Manufacturer’s List Price

Note: Soul Red Metallic paint costs an additional $300, all other colours are free of charge.

The new Mazda CX-3, which goes on sale in late March, will offer a mix of model grades, performance and economy. Mazda’s newest nameplate, the First-Ever Mazda CX-3 will introduce two new grade names to Mazda – sTouring and the top of the range Akari. Unlike many rivals in the hotly contested small SUV market, the First-Ever Mazda CX-3 will come with two engine types, a 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol or a 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-D diesel. Offering unprecedented performance, the 2.0 litre petrol engine produces 109kW of power and 192Nm of torque and includes Drive Selection which allows a switch in drive modes. The 1.5 litre diesel alternative offers 77kW of power and 270Nm of torque. Available in either Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) or All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and with a SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic or SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission, the First-Ever Mazda CX-3 also includes the fuel efficient i-stop idling system.

The FWD 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine with SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission sips from as little as 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres¹, while the FWD 1.5 litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine with SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission has fuel economy figures from a low 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres¹. Arriving in dealerships in late March, the CX-3 range² has something special to offer all buyer types, including MZD Connect - Mazda’s advanced car connectivity system - a seven-inch screen operated by a commander control, an Active Driving Display, satellite navigation and a range of i-ACTIVSENCE safety technologies. Expressing Mazda’s ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language in its most stylish fashion, the First-Ever Mazda CX-3 adopts an image of strength and has a powerful sense of speed which flows across the entire body.

The interior is perhaps the most stunning, with a beautifully designed dash, centre console and instrument cluster incorporating an array of high quality materials including soft touch plastics and metallic-finish parts, while the doors include a stylish trim. With a choice of 16 and 18 inch wheels and eight stylish colours, the First-Ever Mazda CX-3 will be the most complete small SUV nameplate on sale in Australia. Mazda Australia director of marketing Alastair Doak said: “We are very happy with how the First-Ever Mazda CX-3 range is shaping up. We feel that with a wide range on offer, two engine and two transmission types, and in both front and all-wheel drive, we will have the small SUV market covered. I think buyers will enjoy the dynamic performance that Mazda is renowned for, the striking design and the impressive range of latest technology.”

¹ Combined fuel consumption figures based on ADR81/02 test results
² Grade dependant