Enthusiasts of the Mazda brand will now be able to buy into the fastest growing segment of the industry, one that is driven by a very trendy and likeable model – the Freestyle Crossover. Crossovers deliver the driveability of sedans with the versatility and rugged, sporty image of SUVs. The all-new CX-3 Crossover introduced by Bermaz brings all of these features in a smart and technologically-advanced package that looks set to steal the hearts of many.
The new CX-3 Freestyle crossover SUV was developed to “Create the standard for the next era.” It’s a vehicle designed to meet the needs of a new generation of car buyers, supporting creative and adventurous lifestyles. More than merely power and speed, the CX-3 is about delivering ease of handling on city streets, reassuring confidence on the highway and, in particular, faithful response when negotiating curving roads.
The fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles to feature the full suite of the design, the CX-3 adopts the KODO — Soul of Motion design language and full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.
The Mazda CX-3 comes with sun roof and 18 inch sports rim. Measuring 4,275mm in length, 1,765mm in width and 1,535mm in height, it is slightly smaller in dimensions compared the Honda HR-V
The CX-3 is stylishly distinctive, yet retains the strong Mazda look. It is a vehicle that carries itself with style, with a long hood, short overhangs, large wheels and a slim cabin, presenting proportions that lend themselves to a sense of strength and vitality, conveying a sense of motion even when standing still.
Powering the CX-3 is the 2.0litre SKYACTIV-G capable of delivering 154HP @ 6,000rpm and a maximum torque of 204Nm @ 2,800rpm, the same found on the Mazda 3.
Ride and Handling
Paired to the 2.0l SKYACTIV is the SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic gearbox and the steering is electronic power assisted (EPAS)
True to Mazda’s focus in delivering quality craftsmanship, every single detail, from the metallic finished parts to the leather trip in the CX-3 is a work of art. For example, the designers poured through dozens of red leather of different hues before coming to this darker red that contrasts best with the other materials in the cabin. The dashboard and door panels are deliberately made to resemble a continuity of the exterior bonnet and the stitching is meticulously measured to ensure consistency. It is as what we would expect from a CBU unit imported from Mazda’s Hiroshima plant in Japan.
For ports, you get 2 USBs, one AUX-in, 12V and an SD port below the air conditioning controls.
The CX-3 also features the MZD Connect which provides information for entertainment and convenience such as audio, handsfree telephony and other settings via a 7″ centre display. The Commander control which managed the MZD Connect is located next to the handbrake for easy, eyes-free operation.
The CX-3 also offers Active Driving Display (Heads-up Display Unit) and seat materials are leather suede with red stitching
Being a compact SUV/crossover, boot space isn’t as big as the CX-5 or full sized sedans but from the pictures above, it’s perfect for small families/couples.
Safety-wise, the CX-3 has the following:
- Front airbags
- Side airbags
- Curtain airbags (total 6 airbags)
- Hill Launch Assist
- Emergency Stop Signal
- Vehicle Alarm immobilizer
- LED Headlamps with AFS, Auto On/Off & Auto Levelling
- LED Daytime Running Lights
- Front (LED) and rear fog lamps
- Powered foldable side mirrors with turning indicators
- Front wiper, intermittent time adjustable with rain sensor
- MZD Connect with 7″ LCD Display & Commander Control
- Audio system (CD, AM/FM, AUX, USB)
- Active Driving Display (Heads-up Display Unit)
- Drive Selection Switch
- Multi-function tilt & telescopic leather steering wheel with paddle shifters and cruise control
- Leather suede upholstery
- Fully automatic air conditioner
- Engine Push Start Button
- Smart Keyless Entry
- Reverse Camera
- i-Stop Idling Stop System
Ownership and Maintenance
Mazda is confident that this latest addition to its family will go on to be a core model, bringing the brand into the hearts of a new generation of discerning car buyers. Even more so with Bermaz’s stress free ownership “3+3 Years Free Warranty and Maintenance” Programme, of which CX-3owners will be able to enjoy.
It will be available in 5 colour choices; Soul Red Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Jet Black, Meteor Gray, and Deep Crystal Blue. Selling price is RM131,218.50 OTR without insurance.