Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, has revealed the CX-3 ahead of the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).
Set to rival the likes of the Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax, and the Ford EcoSport, the Japan-made CX-3 is the 6th model to feature Mazda’s Kodo: Soul of Motion design and SkyActiv engine. With that in mind, the tightly contested local subcompact crossover segment gets even more exciting.
The new CX-3 is one of the most highly anticipated vehicles we have ever unveiled in the Philippine market. We are confident this crossover for the new generation will give its future owners an uncompromising and unfettered driving experience worthy of their active and expressive lifestyles,” said Steven Tan, President and CEO of Berjaya Auto Philippines.
The CX-3 features an aggressive and bold exterior. Overall, it looks like the little brother of the CX-5. Up front, this subcompact crossover is fitted with a wide grille, a large bumper, and sharp-looking headlights with LED lighting assembly. Turning at the side, the CX-3 is characterized by smooth lines, prominent wheel arches, a sloping roofline, and a blacked out D-pillar.
On the other hand, the rear has distinctive wraparound taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler, a shark-fin antenna, and dual exhaust pipes. It is finished off with a set of 5-spoke 18-inch wheels (on top-of-the-line variant).
Inside, the CX-3 has a two-tone interior trim along with piano black and metallic accents. The interior also features a 3-spoke steering wheel with multi-function buttons, leather seats, a 7-inch touchscreen, MZD connect system with rotary knob which allows the driver to control the infotainment system.
In addition, the CX-3 is equipped with a Bose entertainment system with 7 speakers and an Active Driving Display (or Heads Up Display), placed at the top of the instrument cluster. It is a pop-up display that indicates the vehicle’s speed. Through this, the driver would be aware of its current speed without shifting his/her focus away from the road. Safety-wise, it has Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), and 6 airbags.
The CX-3 is powered by a 2.0L SkyActive gasoline engine that delivers 148 hp and 192 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It also comes with an i-STOP engine (start/stop) system to yield better fuel economy according to Mazda. Of note, the top-of-the-line CX-3 variant is the only subcompact crossover in the local market to feature an All Wheel Drive (AWD) system, designed to provide better traction on varying road conditions.
The CX-3 is available in 3 variants – Pro (P 1,280,000), Sport (1,380,000), and AWD Activ (P 1,480,000). The Pro variant comes in Crystal White Pearl and Dynamic Blue exterior paint; while the Sport in Crystal White Pearl, Soul Red, Jet Black, and Titanium Flash; and the AWD Activ adds Ceramic finish to its 5 exterior paint palette.
Get a chance to see the CX-3 in metal during the 6th PIMS, happening on September 14 to 18, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.