An interested fan noticed that besides the Mazda 3 hatchback that’s missing from Mazda Philippines' line-up (the now-called Sportback), the CX-3 was also out of sight.
To get some light on the subject, we connected with Steven Tan, the current President of Bermaz Auto Philippines, the sole distributor of Mazda in the Philippines, to get the latest news on their subcompact crossover.
As indicated by Mr. Tan, their CX-3 is still available for the local market, therefore, interested car buyers may go ahead and make their purchase.
For the 2020 year model, however, they've reduced the number of variations from three to one. The CX-3 was previously available in Sport 2WD, Pro 2WD, and Activ AWD; sadly, only the base Pro 2WD trim now remains.
The 2020 Mazda CX-3 is only available in base Pro 2WD trim
For those following along, Philippine’s 2020 CX-3 is fairly similar to the one that made a worldwide debut back in March 2018. The alterations are stylish but are very modest.
An example is the new grille braces similar to the one you find in the CX-9 and the rear lights that received another tube-shaped detail. However, the Pro 2WD model only gets halogen headlights and 16-inch composite wheels. LED fog lights are, of course, a standard.
The Pro 2WD model only gets halogen headlights and 16-inch composite wheels
Like the outside, the Mazda CX-3's interior only had a few minor changes for 2020. Unexpectedly, the Mazda's littlest hybrid gets an armrest at the front that can also be used as lidded storage.
There is also a rear center armrest suited with cup holders. The mechanical parking brake has been replaced with an electric one with an auto brake hold function.
Since this is the Pro 2WD that we’re talking about, extravagant details are held back. The seats are finished with fabric while the AC can be configured manually.
You still get to drive with a leather-coated steering wheel, a 7-inch MZD Connect infotainment (with neither Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, unfortunately), and push-start/stop capability for the engine.
Technically speaking, the 2020 CX-3 has a chance at a power upgrade, unlike its predecessor. Its 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G motor is currently evaluated at 150 horsepower with 195 Nm of torque. Its transmission still has a 6-speed automatic that now comes with paddle shifters.
Technically speaking, the 2020 CX-3 has a chance at a power upgrade unlike its predecessor
It still has the same suspension arrangement as in the past. However, upgrades have been made to improve the bump and shock absorption. The steering system has likewise been revamped for better precision.
Lastly, thicker doors and door panels, headliner, rear door glass, and improved door seams help to give a calmer and progressively refined cabin.
The 2020 Mazda CX-3 is available in four exquisite colors namely - Ceramic, Machine Gray, Soul Red Crystal, and Eternal Blue at a cost of P1,300,000 (that is a P20,000 more than the last).
>>> Check out the latest changes in Mazda CX-3 price in the Philippines.