Mazda CX- 3
MAZDA continues its fast paced assault on the Australian car market, this time with its smallest SUV, the CX-3 receiving a facelift, major interior changes, added comfort and improved engines.
The frontal styling of all current Mazdas is arguably the biggest reason for its success and the shape has been refined with a bolder grille built around strong horizontal lines. There are also changes to the shaping of the front foglight surrounds as well as to the rear lights.
It’s not just the shape that’s selling Mazdas, the Soul Red paint is a real standout and is accounting for something like 20 to 30 per cent of sales depending on model. My well-known dislike for the EWAN KENNEDY 500 shades of grey that haunt our roads is gradually being offset by an increasing number of bright red Mazdas. Yippee.
Inside, Mazda CX-3 has a revised centre console centred around an electric parking brake, which is now standard on all variants.
The Mazda Command Controller for the infotainment system has been moved forward to make its operation easier to work. A folding padded lid is used on the console box, doubling as a comfortable central armrest for the front passenger.
Talking of infotainment Mazda continues to drag the chain as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still not fitted to any of their range. The company is somewhat embarrassed about this but hopes to rectify the situation within months. Existing vehicles from 2014 onwards will be able to have the systems retrofitted.
Urethane foam with a high-damping quality give greater ride comfort. 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.
A reversing camera is now fitted to all grades. The topline Mazda CX-3 Akari has a 360-degree View Monitor and Radar