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2017 Mazda CX-3 update on sale, priced from $20,490

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 update is now on sale and brings with it added safety, NVH and suspension improvements for its first real update since it was launched back in March 2015.

The 2017 CX-3 update now offers Smart City Brake Support Forward and Reverse as standard equipment across the entire range. Other safety upgrades on the CX-3 update include Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Safety Alert i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies as standard on the Maxx grade up, while sTouring and Akari variants also get Driver Attention Alert and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The Akari adds more luxury with heated 10-way power adjustable driver seats with memory function, auto folding mirrors, digital radio, a coloured Active Driving Display and the full range of available i-ACTIVSENSE safety equipment. Also standard on the Akari is Adaptive LED Headlamps and Front Parking Sensors.

Mazda says that the update includes a “range of ride, handling and NVH improvements” across all models, “making driving smoother and even more comfortable”. Suspension changes include a redesigned front lower arm bushing which has “improved steering response”, while changing the angle of the bushing has contributed to a “more premium ride”.

Inside there’s a newly designed steering wheel and improved metre graphics, as well as digital radio and a coloured Active Driving Display available on selected grades across the range.

Diesel models now feature High-Precision DE Control Boost which helps to more accurately interpret the driver’s accelerator intention by responding immediately to input, creating more linear acceleration. Also, Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Frequency Control make the CX-3’s diesel engine quieter by reducing knocking. Previously these three technologies were only available on the Mazda6 and newly-released new-generation CX-5.

The 2017 CX-3 is available in eight exterior colours, including new Eternal Blue Mica. High grade models will now wear a set of gun metallic coloured 18 inch alloy wheels, as well as featuring auto folding and heated mirrors – Neo and Maxx side mirrors now fold with a flick of a switch.

Power comes via a 109kW/192Nm 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine or a 77kW/270Nm 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel engine. Petrol models come with the choice of either a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission, while diesel models are automatic only. Both petrol and diesel models are available in FWD and AWD, however all AWD models are fitted with a six-speed automatic only.

Combined fuel consumption figures for the petrol-equipped models sits as low as 6.1L/100km, and as low as 4.8L/100km for diesel-equipped models.

Manufacturer list prices are as below (all prices exclude on-road costs).

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price*

2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol

Grade Transmission MLP
Neo Manual FWD $20,490
Auto FWD $22,490
Maxx Manual FWD $22,890
Auto FWD $24,890
Auto AWD $26,890
sTouring Manual FWD $26,990
Auto FWD $28,990
Auto FWD $30,990
Akari Manual FWD $31,490
Auto FWD $33,490
Auto AWD $35,490

1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel

Grade Transmission MLP
Maxx Auto FWD $27,290
sTouring Auto AWD $33,390
Akari Auto AWD $37,890



Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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