Commercially, the B-segment makes sense for any volume-seeker car manufacturer and when Mazda decided to make a foray, it wanted to do it with style. Prior to the crossover’s launch in 2016, Mazda spent a few years experimenting with design themes and styling DNA’s during the tenure of chief Dutch designer Laurens van den Acker. At this juncture the carmaker was working in the controversial Nagare design language, but after van den Acker left, his successor took the then design approach from serene to provocative. The inspiration for this came from the 2010 Shinari concept which introduced Mazda’s highly successful KODO-Soul of Motion design concept.
The CX-3 is built on the platform of the subcompact Mazda 2 and was introduced in 2016. For 2018 the CX-3 has been significantly improved with focus on performance and handling. Revisions to the suspension tuning now enables sharper driving experience and the cabin is quieter. A low-speed crash protection now comes in the form of a standard automatic emergency braking system. All trims get a 146hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
Mazda CX-3 is available in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.
Even the base Sport trim is nicely equipped, especially considering its price. Desirable conveniences and luxuries come in the higher trims.
The Sport comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, push-button start and cruise control. Convenience features include Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, USB input and a six-speaker audio system. Standard safety features on the base Sport trim include a rearview camera and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support System.
Touring trim gets bigger 18-inch alloy, automatic headlights and automatic wipers. The interior is upgraded with cloth and faux leather-trimmed seats, proximity entry, automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Grand Touring adds sunroof, LED headlights, taillights, foglights and daytime running lights, leather-trimmed seats, a head-up display, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, navigation and seven-speaker Bose sound system.
|Engine||I4 2.0L FWD|
|No. Of Gears||6A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
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