MAZDA will update its strong-selling CX-3 light SUV for the Australian market with a refreshed look, additional equipment, and a modest uptick in pricing with the range now starting at $23,190 plus on-road costs, up $300 over the outgoing model.
The MY22 CX-3 range remains otherwise unchanged from last year’s model with the only obvious omission in the updated range being the deletion of a manual transmission in the high-grade Akari.
Higher grade sTouring, Akari, and Akari LE variants jump $700 in price to begin from $29,790 and receive gloss black painted lower body panels. The range is also joined by a new paint option – Platinum Quartz Metallic – offered previously on the CX-8, taking the total number of exterior colours offered to nine.
Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi said: “As part of our philosophy to constantly refine the product offer, the updated Mazda CX-3 creates additional aesthetic impact with gloss black lower body sections now available on sTouring, Akari and Akari LE grades.
“This contrasting look further differentiates Mazda CX-3, enabling it to further stand out from what is a highly competitive vehicle segment. We continue to be impressed with the CX-3’s market performance.”
To conform with the latest Australian Design Rules, the CX-3 range now also features rear seatbelt reminders.
Australian CX-3 variants continue to feature Mazda’s 110kW/195Nm 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine and are available with the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions and front or all-wheel drive configuration, depending on the grade.
Fuel consumption remains lean across the CX-3 line-up with front-wheel drive manual variants sipping 6.6 litres per 100km, six-speed auto models at 6.3L/100km, and i-Activ all-wheel drive models – available exclusively with Mazda’s six-speed automatic – at 6.7L/100km on the ADR combined cycle.
The CX-3 range begins with the Neo Sport which is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights, body-coloured folding mirrors, six airbags, black cloth upholstery, 60:40 split-fold rear seats, an electric parking brake with auto-hold function, 8.0-inch infotainment screen, DAB+ digital radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry and push-button ignition, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and Smart City Brake Support (AEB) with night-time pedestrian detection.
In addition to those features, the CX-3 Maxx Sport (from $25,290) gains 16-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensing headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, climate control, proprietary satellite navigation, self-dimming rear-view mirror, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Maxx Sport LE (from $27,940) adds unique 16-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirrors and front grille, and combination Tan Grand Luxe suede-like and Pure White Maztex leatherette upholstery.
For the higher grade CX-3 sTouring (from $29,790) we find 18-inch alloy wheels; heated mirrors; LED for the DRLS, headlights and tail-lights; auto high-beam; combination black Maztex and cloth upholstery; advanced keyless entry; Active Driving Display (HUD); driver attention alert; front parking sensors; traffic sign recognition; and lane-departure warning.
The second-from-top Akari (from $36,890) adds a sunroof, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, front seat heaters, leather upholstery, adaptive-cruise control with Stop & Go functionality, 360-degree camera and adaptive LED headlights.
Finally, the top-shelf Akari LE adds bright-finished alloy wheels, dark russet Nappa leather upholstery with matching centre console and door armrests, and pure white metallic air vent, door, and dashboard garnishes.
All Mazda passenger models continue to be offered with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty which includes roadside assistance.
2022 Mazda CX-3 pricing*
|Neo Sport (a)||$25,190||(+$300)|
|Maxx Sport (a)||$27,190||(+$300)|
|Maxx Sport LE (a)||$27,940||(+$300)|
|Maxx Sport AWD (a)||$29,190||(+$300)|
|sTouring AWD (a)||$33,790||(+$700)|
|Akari LE (a)||$37,390||(+$700)|
|Akari AWD (a)||$38,890||(+$700)|
|Akari LE AWD (a)||$39,390||(+$700)|
*Pricing excludes on-road costs.