Launched in 2015, the Mazda CX-3 has quickly become a firm favourite among New Zealand motorists.
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 receives several significant enhancements across safety, driving dynamics and specifications that will ensure it maintains its position as class leader.
David Hodge, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand, says the Mazda CX-3 has been a great success and he puts that down to the vehicle’s stunning design, on-road performance and high level of specification.
“The CX-3 has been key to Mazda becoming the number one seller of SUV’s in the country and we are confident that the 2017 model will help us maintain this position.”
There is a change to the CX-3 2017 model line up with the discontinuation of the GSX and Limited diesel models. Replacing them is a FWD GSX Leather model with power seat adjustment and heated mirrors.
Hodge said, “There was low demand for the diesel models and we believe the FWD GSX Leather model will find broad appeal among GSX buyers who want powered leather seats, but not the other specifications found in the Limited grade.”
When it came to the exterior design of the 2017 Mazda CX-3, the designers were conscious not to make changes for changes sake. As a result, it was more of a refinement of various elements to ensure it remained fresh.
All models now have powerfold exterior mirrors (automatic powerfold on GSX and Limited, manual on GLX), the new 6.5 generation steering wheel, new meters that deliver consistent fonts and colours, and the housing for the MZD Connect screen has been upgraded to piano black. The GSX and Limited models come with new full colour Active Driving Display with improved resolution and readability. The GSX Leather and Limited grades have power seat adjustment included with a 2 position memory function.
All 2017 Mazda CX-3 models will come with G-Vectoring Control (GVC). It is technology unique to Mazda that delivers unified control over steering and chassis systems by finely controlling engine torque based on steering and acceleration inputs. The result is improved handling and ride comfort for the driver and passengers across a range of New Zealand driving conditions - from low speed everyday driving, to high speed driving on straight and winding roads, to emergency avoidance manoeuvres.
In New Zealand, vehicles need to be able to deliver ride, comfort and handling across a variety of conditions - from smooth four lane motorways, to narrow two lane country roads and gravel roads. The 2017 CX-3’s various components have been modified to ensure better control comfort.
The Electric Power Assist (EPAS) system has been re-tuned to provide feedback once the steering wheel is turned giving precise control and more natural operation. Adjustments to the front and reverse dampers have enhanced driving stability and body roll characteristics.
Improvements to noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) have been achieved through changes to the engine mount and the use of better materials and insulation in the dashboard, floor mat area, tailgate, driveshaft bulge and boot trim.
From a safety perspective, the 2017 CX-3 picks up many of the i-ACTIVSENSE technologies seen in the new Mazda3 and Mazda6 that are designed to assist in recognising hazards, avoiding crashes and reducing the severity of unavoidable accidents.
The 2017 GSX, GSX Leather and Limited models all come with Advanced Smart City Brake Support – Forward (Advanced SCBS-F), Smart City Brake Support – Reverse (SCBS-R) and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR). The Limited model also comes with Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Smart City Brake Support (SBS) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).
The 2017 Mazda CX-3 will come in eight colour options that include two new changes. Deep Crystal Blue has been replaced by Eternal Blue Mica. There are four trims available, Black Cloth for GLX models, Black Deluxe Leatherette/Cloth for GSX, Black Leather/Lux Suede for GSX Leather and Limited, and Pure White Leather/Lux Suede for Limited models.
mazdacare features as standard with every new 2017 Mazda CX-3– a commitment Mazda makes to ensure each new vehicle continues to perform in optimum condition. mazdacare comprises a Mazda Genuine Factory Warranty and Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance for a 5 year, unlimited kilometre period and Genuine Mazda Servicing for 3 years/100,000 km (whichever occurs first) at no extra cost.