The release of the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is as clear as day as the reasons for this model being offered are more than obvious. Mazda has already managed to dip into the compact and midsize crossover segments with success so it was more than apparent that they would start looking for success somewhere else. The CX-3 is thus being released for the subcompact crossover segment and the update of this vehicle receives some nice and greatly expected features.
The newest 2017 Mazda CX-3 actually looks like an enlarged Mazda 3 model, but has 5 doors. It will incorporate the same kind of KODO Soul of Motion design language that has already become famous of all current and past Mazda models and is a design language that we think that they should maintain for years to come as it has proven time and time again as useful. The interior also gets its tweaks and updates and looks more like some of the bigger models coming from Mazda but with a lot of technical advancements and new additions made.
Having the ability to seat five people and a 35 mph EPA rating is something that boasts well for any SUV model and we assume that this is going to be one of the favorable specs about the 2017 CX-3. It encompasses what many want about a modern SUV car and will add to the selling numbers for this season which is more than apparent. We comprised a review where you will be able to familiarize yourself about the major changes with the powertrain done and also where you will be able to learn about the release date in detail.
Exterior design update
Two words which describe the appearance of the 2017 Mazda CX-3 exterior are angular and swoopy. The new car will benefit from a combination of a KODO design and a seamless design which gives it a determined look. They have done a very attentive job in remodeling the headlights, the wide footprint, hunkered stance and the sloping roofline ultimately giving it a much more aggressive appearance. Looking at the car you will notice a likelihood towards models such as Lexus NX model for example.
The side view sees the rising skirt line go upwards from the front wheel part where there is a blacked-out trim piece placed which covers the covers the rear bumper’s bottom. The rear end has the twin exhaust pipes which protrude from the bottom side of the car which give the onlookers a sporty appearance when looking at the car. There is also a falling beltline that has been added to hood which runs in a downward way to teh side mirrors and end somewhere about the rear fender part. The back end features a small looking rear hatch with a large spoiler added as well.
Interior innovations and updates
The interior of the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is quote interestingly looking. Actually, it borrows a lot of elements from the new MX-5 Miata which looks great on both cars in fact. The car gets a tablet-like infotainment screen with the added HVAC system which has some round vents placed on it and a split dash. The driver’s gauge cluster is separated into three pods where the main pod has a large tachometer and a small digital gauge.
With this care using a six-speed automatic there is also going to be a manual shifter which is focused on the driver’s side with the hand-break doing the same as well and to the right of the break there is the rotary infotainment controller knob placed with a palm rest for added comfort included for the first time here.
You can control the HVAC system using three large knobs while the multifunction steering wheel has been loaded with the controls for cruise control, radio and Bluetooth. The rear seat visibility has been enhanced with the stadium seating arrangement feature by placing the second row of seats a bit higher compared to the front end. The second row also goes a bit further inboard and that way making the line-of sight much better for the people in the back.
Wonderful news for the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is that it is going to be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine. As it was stated earlier from the ports, this model is going to be able to develop 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, similarly performing like the Mazda 3 model in fact. This one is going to get to use a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting, and this is the only gearbox choice you can expect to see from this model, but you can easily chose between the FWD and AWD with the later being capable of utilizing the Active Torque Control coupling and a front wheel slip warning detection system.
Release date and price
The latest 2017 Mazda CX-3 is going to be available early and will even be offered for sales this year. Those of you who have expected to get the release date in 2017 will rejoice to know that the model is getting its release for the end of this year making an early addition to the Mazda 2017 lineup that way. The starting price for the car is $19,960, for the Sport version, while the Touring comes at $21,960 and the Grand Touring being offered at $24,990 respectively.