Today seems to be a rather SUV heavy day on Car Obsession today, but I suppose that is a sign of the car buying market at this moment in time. Anyway, on to business and the new Mazda CX-3. It will be available this summer and it will cost from £18,495. The new car features G-Vectoring Control, as well as better refinement, plus there is a new GT Sport model.
The GT Sport will serve as a special edition of the new CX-3 and will be powered by the 2.0 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine which produces 118bhp and is fed to the front wheels. The 2.0 litre petrol makes up 80% of the CX-3 sales in the UK, so it seems natural that it has made its way in to the limited edition GT Sport. Don’t expect out-and-out performance though – this is all about sporty styling.
So this means there is a sporty bodykit with silver inserts, which is finished off with a black rear spoiler and 18″ alloy wheels. Inside the seats are finished in Nappa leather and there are also GT-Line door mats to help remind you that you’re in something special. For those of you that don’t want the GT Sport, what can you expect from the new model?
Better To Drive, More Refined
Like the new Mazda2, the new CX-3 offers a high level of refinement thanks to better noise insulating materials making the cabin quieter. Like the Mazda2, the CX-3 has also received a new steering wheel as well. G-Vectoring Control has been installed on the new model to improve driving dynamics, but the suspension has been revised to make the car more compliant and comfortable.
The diesel engine has also been tweaked to give a better response and less turbo lag. The petrol models now feature different engine mounts that help to reduce resonance throughout the cabin, which once again helps with refinement. The steering has alter been altered make the steering more precise.
What About Trims?
The SE Nav kicks things off with features such as 16″ alloy wheels, air con, cruise control, Bluetooth, DAB radio, 7″ touchscreen and of course, sat nav. The SE-L Nav adds automatic lights and wipers, heated front seats, LED front foglights, privacy glass, climate control and safety features such as lane departure warning.
Sitting above those and just below the GT Sport, is the Sport Nav. This offers features such as 18″ alloy wheels, LED headlights and daytime running lights, reversing camera, heated steering, keyless entry, colour heads up display and a 7 speaker BOSE system.