Elegant and soft, but also sporty and aggressive. On the road that climbs from Civitavecchia to Allumiere and Tolfa, the technical characteristics of the new Mazda CX-3 and the charm of its lines translate into a driving pleasure multiplied at every corner: whether you are a thoughtful motorist or have a style behind the wheel. to rally drivers. The latest edition of the city crossover, a small, refined jewel, arrived in dealerships for three weeks. The result of a restyling that – as always at Mazda – is not only aesthetic. Indeed, mostly a set of interesting technical improvements, which are felt on the road from Rome to Allumiere. The car we are testing still has the German plate: because it is one of the first shipped to Italy by Mazda Europe. The color the brand new gray Polymetal Gray, The interiors have the new seats with a conformation that follows the specifications of the Skyactiv Architecture: the same as the Mazda3 and CX-30. The engine is a proven 2.0L petrol (121 hp) with a 6-speed Skyactiv-MT manual gearbox or a 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission. But in some ways all new.
Emissions from Euro 6 without particulate filter
You will find out by taking a look at consumption: unbelievable. The statistic that appears on the display seems impossible. Yet true: this engine consumes up to 14% less than the previous one, and the average km / liter traveled is miraculous. However, there is nothing supernatural: it is science, engineering in particular, because the new CX-3 with manual transmission is equipped with Mazda’s cylinder deactivation system: when the engine is running at low load or at constant speed, two cylinders shut down. . And in addition to reducing fuel consumption, C02 emissions collapse: now they are those of a Euro 6 engine without using the particulate filter. A detail that makes it very attractive for motorists who are increasingly inclined to choose vehicles with low environmental impact, and promising in a market such as the automotive one, which until October saw a 30% drop in sales (even if Mazda stopped at a minus 17%).
The Mazda CX-3 on the streets of Tolfa
Better the aspirated than the turbocharged
Perhaps you will be impressed to have a 2,000 on a car of this size, when the smallest yet more powerful engines multiply in the world: We have chosen to avoid turbocharging – explain in Mazda Italy – because we believe that the aspirated engine on this car class is the best choice, for reliability and lower running costs. Then there is the pleasure of an engine with the right displacement size; gives you what the turbo struggles to give you. And then the stressed turbo engine emits higher quantities of CO2 and particulates than the aspirated one. In practice, the Hiroshima builders promise a 2,000 which consumes less than a 1300 turbo.
Kodo style design and maximum safety
Five years after its first appearance, this car has undoubtedly become a premium in its segment. And despite having 18 competitors, it attracts many customers. While in Mazda dealerships the week of Black Friday promotions at the end of November was held – often with virtual contacts in compliance with anti-Covid provisions, the Hiroshima company organized a video conference on the web to let industry experts know the latest new trim levels of the Mazda CX-3 edition 2021. The updates have made it more and more sophisticated: alongside the Kodo-style design – of great beauty and harmony despite the strong front, the very sharp headlights, and the new grille with fins that give three-dimensional depth – and to the new seats that, as we said, keep the pelvis in an upright position and preserve the natural curve of the spine – there are updated connectivity (now mounts Carplay and Android Auto with wireless connection), the increase of safety (the CX-3 has night pedestrian detection as standard and can be fitted with the i-Activsense package, complete with cruise adaptive control, driver fatigue warning, rear monitoring system, TSR traffic sign detection) and the new suspension.
Because two cylinders go out
The 2,000 cc aspirated engine, in which the intake lights have been modified, is quieter and more rounded: it keeps the gears high up to 6,000 rpm. And with the electronics used to shut down two cylinders when not all the power is needed, it reduces pumping losses (generally when you go with a thread of gas, the piston struggles to go down, and then a valve intervenes that stops two pistons by halving in fact the displacement. An engine that runs halfway off can mean on mixed-cycle provincial roads – such as the one we take towards Tolfa and then Manziana – consumption of 6 liters per 100 km. On the motorway 5.3 liters / 100 km. driving comfort, floor and structure have remained the original ones but a new stabilizer bar, improved steering calibration, new weldings for the body make the CX-3 load the front and rear wheels in order to always give maximum control . Mazda’s G-Vectoring control uses the torque of the engine to influence the driving behavior of the body. And those who sit on this little masterpiece do not perceive the feeling of being on a crossover, rather or in a comfortable sedan. Not the most powerful nor the sportiest of the Mazdas, but a successful car with interesting price lists. There are three versions, with fittings ranging from 23,150 euros for the Executive up to 26,750 for the automatic Exceed version. The Exceed with manual gearbox costs a little less than 25 thousand euros. And it should be noted that all the extras – such as 18-inch wheels – are standard on the CX-3.
December 14, 2020 (change December 14, 2020 | 12:25)
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