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October 22, 2021

Mazda PH Brings Back The Features For Mazda2 And CX-3 For 2022 (w/ Specs)

Mazda Philippines is re-aligning its entire line-up this 2022 as the clearest and most visible way to show their intention of occupying a more premium space in the automotive landscape. The first part of its 2022 Mazda Collection consists of the revamped 2022 Mazda2 sub-compact and CX-3 sub-compact SUV.

For 2022, Mazda is reducing the variant count of its sub-compact Mazda2 to just one: the 1.5 Premium Hatchback.

Taking over from the outgoing 1.5 Elite, the 1.5 Premium gains a long list of standard features. Outside, it gains LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, 16-inch black alloy wheels, and a choice of six colors including Mazda’s new signature color, Platinum Quartz Metallic (the other colors are Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Polymetal Gray, Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, and Ceramic Metallic).

Inside, the 1.5 Premium swaps its two-tone black-and-brown fabric seats for black-and-blue leather. It also gains the added convenience of a smart keyless entry with push button engine start/stop, Qi wireless charger, Wireless Apple CarPlay, and a full-color Active Driving Display (heads-up display).

In terms of safety, it has 6 SRS airbags as standard as well as ABS with EBD, stability control, and for 2022, a slew of i-Activsense features such as autonomous emergency braking (Smart City Brake Support), lane departure warning, drive attention alert, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a reverse camera.

Due to the fuel quality in ASEAN, the 2022 Mazda2 doesn’t get the same super high-compression engine found in Europe. With that, its 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G is carried over. Regardless, the direct injection engine still boasts of a 12:1 compression ratio and makes 110 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The sole gearbox is a 6-speed automatic.

Priced at P 1,195,000, the 2022 Mazda2 becomes even more expensive than its most direct competitor, the Honda City RS Hatchback. However, with the added equipment as well as the standard 5-year free service plan, Mazda Philippines says owners effectively gain back a total of P 130,000.

Moving to the 2022 Mazda CX-3, Mazda Philippines has opted to discontinue the current CX-3 2.0 FWD Pro in favor of two variants—the CX-3 2.0 Sport and the CX-3 2.0 Elegance.

Mechanically, both these variants are the same. They’re both powered by a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G generating 150 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 Nm of torque at 2,800 rpm driving the front wheels. The only gearbox on offer is a 6-speed automatic.

In terms of features, they’re also the same. Found as standard on both variants are LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors with reverse camera, smart keyless entry with push button engine start/stop, Wireless Apple CarPlay, and a 7-speaker Bose sound system.

The CX-3 2.0 Sport and CX-3 2.0 Elegance differ in terms of aesthetics with differences only in the grille (the Sport gets a gray-finished grille, while the Elegance has a gloss-black grille), side mirrors caps (body-colored on the Sport, black on the Elegance), and the pattern of their 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the Sport goes with black leatherette seats, while the Elegance goes with white leatherette seats with Grand Luxe suede.

Pricing for both the CX-3 2.0 Sport and CX-3 2.0 Elegance is pegged at P 1,490,000.

Reservations and order books for both the 2022 Mazda2 and the 2022 CX-3 are now open with customer deliveries expected to start by the end of November.


  1. The new Mazda2 has i-Activesense features while the new CX-3 doesn't have any?

    1. Must be going aggressive to match up well with the new city hatchback.

      The Mazda 2 looks like a good deal given all those features.

      Wish the CX models are little more cheaper given its not from Japan.

    2. Only CX-5 and CX-8 are Malaysian assembled. CX-3, CX-30, and CX-9 are still made in Japan. That's probably one reason why the CX-3 is more expensive and not as well-loaded.

    3. Makes sense, they better market the hell out of the Mazda 2. It's a much better buy than the city hatch which doesn't have ADAS features and free 5yrs PMS.

    4. @Ulysses Ang I've been looking all over for this comment. How do you know where the Mazda Ph is sourcing their models? I can't seem to find it anywhere on their website.

    5. No manufacturer would put sourcing info from their website, but those in the know would know.

      Just to recap:

      Mazda3/CX-3/CX-30/CX-9/MX-5: Japan
      Mazda2/BT-50: Thailand
      Mazda CX-5/CX-8: Malayia

      Hope that helps.

    6. What does that say about the car's quality? Are thailand-made mazdas substandard compared to their japanese counterparts?

  2. "Due to the fuel quality in ASEAN, the 2022 Mazda2 doesn’t get the same super high-compression engine found in Europe." I see Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Rolls and Bentleys getting fuel at the local neighborhood gas station. So, the Mazdas can't survive on our local fuel? Perhaps 3rd world countries deserve 3rd world engines. Sounds B.S. to me.

    1. More like, Mazda engine requirements are tailored for the "regular" grade fuel which is 91 octane here. And that one is only Euro 4.

      Currently, the only Euro 6 fuel is Petron Blaze 100--you can't force a Mazda2 buyer to only use Euro 6 fuel. It won't make sense. That's how homologation, at least for Mazda works.

    2. I don't think its a question of "forced to buy". The buyer can adjust to the demands of the vehicle as common sense would dictate. Besides, the poor fuel quality argument has always been around for the Jap and koryan brands even before the Euro 6 blah blah. You never hear of BMW Mercedes or Audi complain about our fuel 15 years ago. The BMW M3 or M5 you bought locally 15 years ago was the same one sold in Europe and ran well with the native gasoline, while the Jap and koryan brands always whimper about our alleged dismal fuel quality. I think were just being duped and sorry, patronizing articles like this do not help advance or improve our bargaining chip for getting the best in the market. In addition, there would be no problem if the 2022 Mazda sold locally was priced lower than the variants sold in Europe with the uber high compression engine. Unfortunately, we pay the same price and get the short end of the stick. Sorry, that's the problem.

    3. Can't be sure about Audi and Mercedes-Benz, but BMW did de-tune their engines to meet our then Euro 2 fuel requirement. It's why the diesels were particularly problematic especially with long-term ownership.

      Europe has the highest compression ratio for the Mazda2, even Japan doesn't get it. Again, it's all down to the different fuel qualities. Again, horsepower and torque are the same be it the super high compression ratio or our compression ratio. We just don't get that 15.1:1 ratio, we get the 12:1.

    4. *it's why their (BMW) diesel engines

  3. The only thing 'premium' with the CX-3 and 2 is the price. These products are seriously in need of a new model. Other Mazda models like the 3, CX-30, CX-5 etc atleast feel bit more premium than their direct competitors, while the 2 and CX-3 are simply pathetic and unattended.


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