The 2021 Mazda CX-3 has been launched into Australia with new additions to the range including new standard equipment, new model variants and even newly designed front seats for extra comfort taken from the new Mazda 3 and CX-30. The updated CX-3 range will hit Mazda dealers from late this month.

“The Mazda CX-3 has long enjoyed segment leadership in the Light SUV category,” said Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi.

“Its eye-catching design, ergonomic cabin layout and strong features list has ensured its popularity in the Australian market. 

“Now with the latest updates including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, not to mention key safety enhancements and refreshed colour and upholstery options, the CX-3 is sure to continue its sales success into 2021,” he said.

Like the other 2021 Mazda range, the 2021 Mazda CX-3 has received a 100th Anniversary Special Edition to commemorate Mazda’s 100th anniversary. Like the other 100th Anniversary models, the CX-3 receives a pearl white exterior with red centre caps on the wheels, as well as burgundy Nappa leather upholstery with matching carpets, white leather dashboard and door trims and special badging. Just 70 examples will be available, and the LE is based on the top spec Akari FWD auto.

Lower in the range, a permanent Maxx Sport LE model has joined the 2021 Mazda CX-3 range. Based on the popular Maxx Sport, the LE adds unique 16-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps and front grille trim as well as man-made suede and leatherette upholstery in tan and white colouring. The LE is $750 more than the Maxx Sport FWD auto on which it’s based at $27,640 plus on-road costs.

Elsewhere in the range, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now standard equipment – previously it was a dealer-fit option – while the Maxx Sport has earned an auto-dimming rear mirror and the sTouring now has auto high beam and lane departure warning as standard. The automatic headlights (standard from the Maxx Sport and up) now activate earlier in lower-light situations – hopefully they’re now activated by rain as well – and the whole range now features night-time pedestrian detection for the automatic emergency braking (AEB) system.

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 range is mechanically unchanged – all models use a 110kW/195Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic – the manual is only available on the front-wheel drive models, while the auto can be had in front- or all-wheel drive. Combined fuel consumption sits between 6.3L/100km and 6.7L/100km.

Aside from the Maxx Sport LE and 100th Anniversary Edition, the core 2021 Mazda CX-3 range remains the same with the Neo Sport at the entry point, Maxx Sport and sTouring above it, then the Akari and Akari LE at the top of the range.

The entry-level Neo Sport gets 16-inch steel wheels, electric-folding mirrors, air conditioning, an electric parking brake, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and automatic emergency braking (AEB) with day and night pedestrian detection.

The Maxx Sport adds 16-inch alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, a rear centre armrest, satellite navigation, climate control, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, an auto-dimming rear mirror and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Maxx Sport LE adds unique 16-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps and front grille trim, and tan and white-coloured suede and leatherette upholstery.

The sTouring further adds 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, heated and auto-folding mirrors, LED lighting with LED front fog lights, auto high beam, a heads-up display, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, front parking sensors, driver attention monitoring and black half-cloth/leatherette upholstery.

The Akari adds a sunroof, black or white leather upholstery, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, a 360-degree parking camera, Matrix headlights, heated front seats and a 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings. The Akari LE adds bright alloy wheels, dark brown Nappa leather upholstery for the seats and centre console trim, as well as white metallic air vent rings and door/dash trim inserts.

Top of the 2021 Mazda CX-3 tree is the 100th Anniversary Edition, which adds pearl white paint, burgundy leather upholstery with embossed headrest and special badging for the body, key and floor mats.

2021 Mazda CX-3 pricing (plus on-road costs):

Neo Sport FWD manual: $22,890

Neo Sport FWD auto: $24,890

Maxx Sport FWD manual: $24,890

Maxx Sport FWD auto: $26,890

Maxx Sport AWD auto: $28.890

Maxx Sport LE FWD auto: $27,640
sTouring FWD manual: $29,090

sTouring FWD auto: $31,090

sTouring AWD auto: $33,090

Akari FWD manual: $34,190

Akari FWD auto: $36,190

Akari AWD auto: $38,190

Akari LE FWD auto: $36,690

Akari LE AWD auto: $38,690

100th Anniversary Special Edition FWD auto: $37,690

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