Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Mazda Philippines Springs CX-3 Surprise
Mazda is expanding its market reach with the launch of the much-awaited CX-3 sub-compact crossover. Dubbed the “freestyle smart crossover”, the CX-3 received good scores during a recent drive from Thailand to Vietnam. Now, it’s finally here and you might as well have your checkbooks ready.
Designed for young urbanite couples, the Made-in-Japan CX-3 is the sixth model to showcase Mazda’s striking KODO – Soul of Motion design language as well as a full suite of Skyactiv Technology that delivers a highly efficient driving experience without any detriment to driving fun.
“The new CX-3 is one of the most highly anticipated vehicles we have ever unveiled in the Philippine market,” shares Steven Tan, President and CEO of Berjaya Auto Philippines. He adds: “Its stylish looks, unmatched performance and impeccable build quality make it a vehicle that only Mazda could have created. We are confident this crossover for the new generation will give its future owners an uncompromising and unfettered driving experience worthy of their active and expressive lifestyles.”
And expressive the CX-3 is. Outside, it ticks all the right marks to make it a bold and vibrant crossover. The sharply raked A-pillar, LED lighting assembly, blacked-out D-pillar, and 18-inch wheels (on range-topping variant) make it captivating to look at. Inside, soft-touch paneling with suede trimmings, metallic and piano black accents make for a one-of-a-kind cabin treatment while the Mazda Connect infotainment system and Active Driving Display heads-up display system make for an easy-to-use and operate driving environment. Audiophiles will be happy to hear (no pun intended) that the top of the line CX-3 features a Bose sound system with 7 speakers including a spare tire mounted subwoofer.
Inside the sculpted hood, the CX-3 shares one engine across the range: the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine with 148 horsepower and 192 Nm of torque. The latter comes as low as 2,800 rpm making for an entertaining experience behind the wheel. The i-STOP engine idle start/stop system meanwhile further improves fuel efficiency.
On the top-of-the-line model, the CX-3 is the only one in its class to get an AWD system. The i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system make it capable of traversing varying road conditions while improving all weather safety. It’s also a predictable AWD system that automatically transitions from front- to all-wheel drive by actually reading road conditions ahead. The CX-3’s transfer case is so compact that it keeps the same Torsion Beam Axle suspension as the FWD variants.
Safety doesn’t take a backseat in the CX-3 too. It receives a full complement of 6 airbags as well as ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, and even stability control. Rear parking sensors with a reverse camera complete the package on higher variants.
The all-new Mazda CX-3 is available in three variants: FWD Pro (P 1,280,000), FWD Sport (P 1,380,000), and AWD Sport (P 1,480,000). The FWD Pro comes in Crystal White Pearl and Dynamic Blue; the FWD Sport in Crystal White Pearl, Soul Red, Jet Black, and Titanium Flash; with the AWD Activ adds the unique Ceramic finish to the mix.
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 will be on display at the 6th Philippine International Motor Show.