Mazda wants to quench the mocha thirst with sake: In the same league as the Rüsselsheim succesful SUV plays from June also her small CX-3. This is about 29 centimeters shorter than its big brother CX-5, waives optical extras such as underrun protection or plastic planks and focuses on the essentials.
The Japanese produced the 4,28 meter short CX-3 on the identical platform as the compact car Mazda2 - but no part of the metal casing of the two cars should be the same. However, the design direction baptized as Kodo, with a long bonnet and rising lines, should be the same. If the body of the Mazda2 is perhaps a bit too slender for the aggressive new style grille, it fits perfectly with the new, high-jacked SUV variant.
Under the bonnet work an 1,5 liter of large diesel and 77 kW / 105 PS or a 2,0 liter large petrol engine, whose two versions can retrieve 88 kW / 120 or 110 kW / 150 PS. The units can be combined with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive as well as with six-speed manual transmission and six-speed automatic transmission.
In the CX-3, the Japanese are also in the interior of the way, the Mazda 2 and 3 outlines: Even in the small SUV there will be depending on the equipment a fold-out head-up display, and a seven-inch touch screen can also use a rotary and push button operated. In addition to navigation functions, apps and Internet services are also available in this way.
Right up front is the CX-3 with its safety features, because a distance control system in this segment of the small SUV does not yet have a competitor. Even City Emergency Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and lane change warning or full-LED headlights are available in the Japanese - but only for a surcharge and for the top version. Always on board is the connectivity system MZD Connect, which transmits the image of a reversing camera to the display depending on the equipment.
Nearly 19.000 Euro should cost the entry-level version with front-wheel drive when it comes on the market in the summer. The presale has already started.
Author: Adele Moser / SP-X