The Mazda CX-3 compact crossover made its Indonesian debut at the ongoing 2016 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). Crossover SUVs are slowly mounting an assault to dethrone MPVs in the country.
The CX-3 which is expected to go on sale in Indonesia later this year or early next year will be positioned below the larger CX-5. Staying faithful to the family’s Kodo design identity, the CX-3 has an energetic and proportionate stance.
The interior design is borrowed from the Mazda2 and has a simple dashboard with standalone infotainment screen single centre AC vent, digi-analog instrument console and multifunction steering wheel.
Based on the Mazda2’s platform, the CX-3 for the Indonesian market is expected to be propelled by a 1.5-litre SKYACTIV four-cylinder petrol engine which is paired either with a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The motor develops 110 PS and 141 Nm of torque.
The Honda HR-V rival will be equipped with standard start/stop system to enhance fuel efficiency. Other salient features are LED headlamps with daytime running lights, LED foglamps and taillamps, alloy wheels, sunroof, dual-tone seat fabric, push button start, audio system with 6-speakers, 60:40 split seats, hill launch assist, reverse camera, blind sport warning system, lane departure warning etc.
In addition to the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3 will lock horns with the like of Suzuki SX4 S-Cross which also debuted at 2016 GIIAS.