New CX-3 — all for none and front for all

Mazda has released details of an upgrade to its CX-3 compact SUV due to arrive here in September.

It will include new safety features, equipment enhancements and technology across the entire range. 

At the same time all-wheel drive will no longer be available as an option.

The line-up will comprise entry-level Sport, Pure, Evolve, Touring SP and range-leading Akari grades.

Pricing ranges from $26,800 for the Sport up to $38,620 for the flagship Akari, and all grades gain significantly more equipment.

All versions are powered by the tractable 110kW four-cylinder Skyactiv-G (G20) petrol engine paired with a six-speed automatic.

Replacing Neo Sport trim, the new Sport specification adds a generous array of standard equipment over and above its forebear, including 16-inch alloy wheels (previously steel wheels), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). 

Wireless Apple CarPlay is also added as standard across the range, along with wired Android Auto, auto-folding power mirrors and remote window control.

Building on Sport is the CX-3 Pure, which replaces Maxx Sport and now offers highlights such as LED lights front and rear with Daytime Running Lights and High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and a crisply presented heads-up display (HUD), enhancing safety and in-cabin comfort.

The mid-range Evolve grade, which replaces the previous Maxx Sport LE, adds 18-inch machined alloy wheels (previously 16 inches) as well as front parking sensors.

Inside, there is premium white leatherette and tan suede upholstery.

CX-3 Touring SP (previously sTouring) introduces sportier styling with 18-inch black machined alloy wheels, a black painted roof and black leather and Grand Luxe suede interior with blue highlights.

A black chrome signature wing and gloss black front grille are also new for 2023. 

Inside the Touring SP, front seats with two-position memory function (driver), 10-way power adjustment (driver) and heating function are now fitted, while Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go function is added to the existing Advanced keyless entry and Traffic Sign Recognition features.

At the very top of the range is the Mazda CX-3 Akari, which gains further luxury with immersive Bose premium audio featuring seven speakers.

It also comes with 18-inch black machined alloy wheels, in addition to a power-operated sliding glass sunroof, 360-degree camera and adaptive LED headlights.


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