CX-3 range gets up­grade

Hamilton News - - DRIVEN.CO.NZ -

The small­est mem­ber of Mazda’s CX cross­over/suv fam­ily has re­ceived its mid-life up­grade with the ar­rival of Model Year 2019 CX3S of­fer­ing in­creased spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els and ad­di­tions to the stan­dard safety ros­ter.

Among the line-up changes is the in­tro­duc­tion of a flag­ship CX3 Takami which brings a new level of lux­ury to the CX-3 range and be­comes the sec­ond Mazda model to adopt the Takami name for the pre­mium equip­ment level.

First seen in the re­vamped Mazda6 Sedan ear­lier this year, the Takami grade fea­tures be­spoke con­tent in­clud­ing Nappa leather trim, an au­to­matic day/night rear view mir­ror and pow­ered sun­roof.

In to­tal there are six mod­els in the 2019 CX-3 range with a sin­gle GSX all-wheel-drive model and five vari­ants of­fered with fron­twheel-drive. All CX-3 mod­els are pow­ered by Mazda’s 2.0-litre Sky­ac­tiv-g petrol en­gine with 110kw out­put at 6000rpm, 195Nm of torque at 2800rpm and driv­ing through a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 has a 5-star ANCAP safety rat­ing and all mod­els fea­ture a re­vers­ing cam­era as well as i-ac­tivsense safety tech­nol­ogy such as Ad­vanced Smart City Brake Sup­port — For­ward (ACSBS-F) and elec­tric park­ing brake for ease of op­er­a­tion.

From the sec­ond tier GSX grade the CX-3 gains a num­ber of ad­di­tional i-ac­tivsense tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing Blind Spot Mon­i­tor­ing (BSM), Traf­fic Sign Recog­ni­tion (TSR), Smart City Brake Sup­port Re­verse (SCBS-R) and Mazda Radar Cruise Con­trol

MAZDA CX-3 LINE-UP

(MRCC). The 2019 CX-3 Limited and Takami mod­els also fea­ture LED run­ning lamps, heated ex­te­rior mir­rors, a seven-speaker Bose Pre­mium au­dio sys­tem, heated front seats, Adap­tive LED Head­lamps (ALH), Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing Sys­tem (LDWS) and Driver At­ten­tion Alert (DAA).

The ex­te­rior and in­te­rior gain a re­fresh with a new grille de­sign fea­tur­ing on all mod­els. The GSX, Limited and Takami grades show­case new 18-inch al­loy wheels, new front and tail lamp de­signs, pi­ano black door pil­lar gar­nish and new dash­board dec­o­ra­tion. Along with the vis­ual changes Mazda says its en­gi­neers have made sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ments to noise, vi­bra­tion, and harsh­ness (NVH) by in­creas­ing thick­ness of front and rear door pan­els and rear door glass.

2.0 GLX FWD (6-speed auto) — $31,9952.0 GSX FWD (6-speed auto) — $26,6952.0 GSX FWD with leather (6-speed auto) — $38,295 2.0 GSX AWD (6-speed auto) — $38,6952.0 Limited FWD (6-speed auto) — $40,1952.0 Takami FWD (6-speed auto) — $41,695

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