Mazda’s new-look CX-3 light SUV will arrive in Australian showrooms from December, sporting two distinct looks dividing lower and upper grades.
sTouring, Akari and Akari LE grades will now be finished with gloss-black lower body panels, while the rest of the range (Neo Sport, Maxx Sport and Maxx Sport LE) retains the black-plastic cladding as before.
A new colour is also available, Platinum Quartz Metallic, cribbed from the larger CX-8 seven-seater.
Stepping up to the Maxx Sport adds 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wiper, second-row fold-down armrest, climate control air-conditioning, satellite navigation, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
As for the sTouring, 18-inch wheels, heated and folded side mirrors, LED exterior lighting, a head-up display, driver attention alert, front parking sensors, traffic sign recognition and lane-departure warning are added.
The Akari scores a glass sunroof, driver’s seat memory function, heated front seats, black or white leather interior, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view monitor and adaptive LED headlights.
Two limited edition (LE) grades are also on offer, based on the Maxx Sport and Akari respectively.
The Maxx Sport LE adds tan and white synthetic leather upholstery, bespoke 16-inch wheels, and gloss-black side mirrors and front grille on top of its donor grade, while the Akari LE changes up the alloy wheels and adds brown-leather interior with white accents.
Powering all versions of the 2022 Mazda CX-3 is a 2.0-litre petrol engine, outputting 110kW/195Nm to the front or all-four wheels (depending on grade), hooked up to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Though details for Mazda’s new range have dropped, pricing information is still unknown.
For reference, the current range opens at $22,890 before on-road costs for the base Neo Sport FWD manual, and tops out at $38,690 for the Akari LE AWD automatic.