Class leader: Mazda CX-3 packed with more standard safety
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*
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Note: Soul Red Metallic paint costs an additional $300, all other colours are free of charge.