The new 2018 Mazda CX-3 has hit the blacktop and is on the path of toppling the compact crossovers like the Renault Captur, Nissan Qashqai and Honda HR-V. The CX-3 comes on board with a cheaper price entry than any of its formidable rivals aside from the Skyactiv efficiency and Kodo tech that previously made the CX-5 and Mazda2, 3,6 very popular and successful.
There are revitalising choices customers are presented with like between diesel and petrol, four wheel or two wheel drive, auto or manual as well as a choice of 4 trim levels.
2018 Mazda CX-3 exterior
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 makes use of the widened light hatch and stretched platform formulae similar to a majority of its rivals and in particular the Mazda2. With wider tracks and longer overhanging it resembles much of a Mazda3 in terms of the size but while compared to the CX-5 SUV it is quite smaller.
With sharpened details of the newly introduced MX-5 and with a demeanour that fits comfortably within the cute lines of the Mazda2, the CX-3 is built on Mazda’s Kodo design language.
Protected by unpainted plastic, the lower body parts and wheel arches of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 promises to be ideal for dirt road and urban road driving. The grille design is unique, pointed headlights and modern Mazda’s characteristics.
2018 Mazda CX-3 interior
The exterior of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 follows closely with the interior designs. There is an aesthetic appeal, practicality and a clever balance within the cabin. For larger adults, the front seats will prove they’re worthy comfort as well as having enough under thigh support.
At the back, there is enough room for two average height adults. Although the legroom feels tighter there is enough headroom as compared to the HR-V. Cargo space is average but underneath you will find a useful discrete cavity.
The CX-3 has a more trendy and stylish cabin which features a remarkable triple circular air vents, an infotainment system screen display on top of the dashboard and a minimalist centre control stack.
Engine for 2018 Mazda CX-3
The CX-3 offers 4 trim levels which include Maxx, Neo, Akari and S Touring coupled with two engines. A 2L petrol engine and a 1.5L turbo charged diesel. The petrol engine will be capable of producing 109kW at 6000 rpm while the diesel engine will produce 77kW at 4000 rpm.
In terms of the torque, the gasoline engine will produce 192 Nm at 2800 rpm while the diesel one will produce 270 Nm at a maximum of 2500 rpm. All trim levels will have an availability of a 6 speed manual while all-wheel drive and diesel models are only available with the auto.
2018 Mazda CX-3 Price and Release Date
As aforementioned, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 will have a significant price reduction and will make a debut with a price tag of $19,990 which will automatically undercut all close rivals in its class.
The CX-3 will hit showrooms during the 2nd quarter of this year (2018). Depending on the customer’s preferences in terms of added features, expect the price to hit $21,990 which is still by far the most competitive.