Wait is over for new Mazda CX-3

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

PUNTERS who’ve been wait­ing pa­tiently for the lat­est ver­sions of the Mazda CX-3 to ar­rive at their lo­cal deal­ers will be able to get their hands on one at the end of this month.

Hav­ing made its global de­but at the New York Mo­tor Show in March, the lat­est, 2018 CX-3 is set to go on sale on Au­gust 31, and UK pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tions have just been an­nounced.

There’s a sim­pli­fied eight model line-up that in­cludes just a sin­gle, two wheel drive diesel vari­ant pow­ered by a new SKYACTIV-D 1.8-litre diesel en­gine.

But, as be­fore, the bulk of the range is pow­ered by im­proved ver­sions of the two-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol en­gine, which is avail­able in 121ps and 150ps power out­puts and with ei­ther two or four wheel drive.

Prices start at £18,995 for the CX-3 121ps two wheel drive SE Nav+ and rise to £24,995 for the CX-3 150ps AWD Sport Nav+ Auto.

Op­tions in­clude a £650 safety pack which is avail­able on higher grade mod­els and in­cludes adap­tive LED head­lights, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing with rear cross traf­fic alert, rear smart city brake sup­port with driver at­ten­tion alert.

Visu­ally, the lat­est model is dis­tin­guished by a re­vised grille, but it’s inside that buy­ers will no­tice the big­gest changes where the adop­tion of an elec­tric park­ing brake has led to a re­designed cen­tre con­sole which now flows into the dash­board.

The mul­ti­me­dia touch screen has been moved for­ward for im­proved us­abil­ity and there’s a padded arm­rest with a con­sole stor­age box un­der­neath.

Fur­ther im­prove­ments have been made to the front seats while the rear seats now fea­ture a cen­tral arm­rest with built in cup hold­ers.

Other new fea­tures in­clude up­graded door sill trims, thicker sound in­su­la­tion in the doors and head­lin­ing and en­hanced rear glaz­ing.

Three trim lev­els are avail­able – SE Nav+, SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav+ – and all but the en­try-level 121ps SE Nav+ fea­ture front LED fog lights and rear pri­vacy glass, while Sport Nav+ cars have 18-inch sil­ver al­loy wheels, LED head­lights and rear lights and chrome ef­fect front bumper and side trim gar­nishes.

A lim­ited edi­tion run of special edi­tion mod­els will also be avail­able from Oc­to­ber 1.

Just 500 ex­am­ples of the CX-3 Sport Black+ will be pro­duced, fea­tur­ing a black leather in­te­rior, black roof spoiler and mir­ror caps and metal­lic paint.

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