Is there anything interesting about its design?
The CX-3's roadside presence is, for a vehicle developed on the same platform as the petite Mazda2, quite extraordinary. Photos show an aggressively sloped roof with a cab-back stance, with its high waistline and its liberal use of black highlights combining perfectly with a corporate-ID nose and subtle rear end treatment. Even two years on, it's still a genuine head turner.
Its dimensions still measure 4275mm long, 1765mm wide and 1550mm high, making it 215mm longer, 70mm wider and 55mm higher in size than its hatch donor, despite being on the same wheelbase.
Mazda has largely left the exterior design styling alone for this early-life update, save for the addition of adaptive LED headlights to the top-spec Akari and a change of shade for the 18-inch rim on the higher spec cars, and it's a similar story inside the car.
A new steering wheel design is the most obvious change for the interior (and to the untrained eye, it's not that obvious!), and there are some new, simpler graphics for the dash instruments. But really, that's about it.
The CX-3 is available in eight colours: Snowflake White, Ceramic Metallic (a sort of eggshell grey, like a duck's egg), Dynamic Blue, Meteor Grey, Titanium Flash (gunmetal grey), Eternal Blue Mica (which replaces Deep Crystal Blue) and Jet Black Mica.
The only optional paint is Mazda's signature Soul Red, and it costs $250.