There is far more change inside, where the smooth dash stretches the full width of the car, only interrupted by a new 7-inch multi-information display that sits at the top. A new steering wheel design and revised switchgear complete the look, while both driver and passengers benefit from updated heated seating front and rear.
But Mazda, acknowledging that the natural environment for its small CX-3 SUV is commuter country, mapped out a route through Melbourne’s rapidly growing suburbs in the north west for the local launch of the updated model.
In the CX-3 Akari, owners will enjoy adaptive LED headlamps, front parking sensors, plus 10-way power adjusted driver’s seat with memory and heating functions.
Output and fuel consumption figures for the carry-over engines are 109kW, 192Nm and 6.1L/100km (auto FWD) for the 2.0-litre petrol variants, or 77kW, 270Nm and 4.8L/100km (auto FWD) for the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel. Fuel consumption ranges between 4.4 and 5.7L/100km for the diesels, and the other petrol variants use fuel at the rate of 6.3L/100km for the front-wheel drive manual or 6.7L/100km for the automatic all-wheel drive variants. Both transmissions are six-speed units.
Prices have increased by $500 for the Neo and Maxx variants, and just $200 for the CX-3 Akari. Prices for CX-3 sTouring are unchanged.