Light SUV updated for 2021 with new variants, revised equipment.
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  • 2021 Mazda CX-3 price and specs detailed
  • Light SUV gains new technology, updated features
  • Two new variants added for 2021
  • 110kW 2.0-litre petrol engine carries over

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 has been treated to a number of updates for the new year.

Headlining Mazda's upgrades is the addition of the two new variants, Maxx Sport LE and the 100th Anniversary Special Edition.

A permanent member of the CX-3 range, the new Maxx Sport LE (pictured in red) slots in between the existing Maxx Sport and sTouring grades, available solely in front-wheel-drive, six-speed automatic form, priced from $27,640 before on-road costs.

Equipment additions over the lesser Maxx Sport comprise tan-coloured artificial suede and Pure White leatherette combination upholstery, black trim piping, unique 16-inch alloy wheels and a gloss black finish for the grille and side mirrors.

Above: CX-3 Maxx Sport LE interior, pictured in Japanese-spec guise.

Also new for 2021 is the 100th Anniversary Special Edition, introduced across Mazda's line-up to celebrate the brand's 100th anniversary, and limited to just 70 units for the CX-3 in Australia.

Differentiating the limited-run model from the core range is Snowflake White Pearl Mica paint and Burgundy leather upholstery – the aforementioned two paying tribute to Mazda's first passenger car, the R360 – plus 100th Anniversary logos embossed into the front seat headrests, and unique badging for the front quarter-panels, wheel centre caps, key fob and interior floor mats.

Alongside the addition of the new variants, the existing Mazda CX-3 range has benefitted from a number of improvements for 2021.

A new seat design – shared with the Mazda 3 hatch and CX-30 SUV – with a redesigned internal structure intended to reduce fatigue has been introduced across the range, as has standard-fit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, and restyled key fobs and badging, the latter pair bringing the CX-3 in line with Mazda's latest models.

The autonomous emergency braking system gains night-time pedestrian detection for the new year, while the automatic headlights have been tweaked to be more sensitive to "changing lights conditions".

Above: 2020 Mazda CX-3 Akari

Maxx Sport and Maxx Sport LE variants gain the auto-dimming functionality for the rear-view mirror previously restricted to higher grades, while the mid-spec sTouring picks up automatic high-beams and lane-departure warning.

Polymetal Grey Metallic has also been added to the entire range's exterior colour palette.

All variants continue to be powered by a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 110kW of power and 195Nm of torque. It's sent to either the front or all wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, depending on variant.

Front-wheel-drive automatic models are the most fuel efficient, consuming 6.3L/100km on the combined cycle.

A full list of the standard equipment offered by each variant can be found at the bottom of this story.

The updated 2021 Mazda CX-3 will go on sale in Australia in mid-January.

2021 Mazda CX-3 Australian pricing

  • CX-3 Neo Sport FWD manual – $22,890
  • CX-3 Neo Sport FWD auto – $24,890
  • CX-3 Maxx Sport FWD manual – $24,890
  • CX-3 Maxx Sport FWD auto – $26,890
  • CX-3 Maxx Sport LE FWD auto – $27,640
  • CX-3 Maxx Sport AWD auto – $28,890
  • CX-3 sTouring FWD manual – $29,090
  • CX-3 sTouring FWD auto – $31,090
  • CX-3 sTouring AWD auto – $33,090
  • CX-3 Akari FWD manual – $34,190
  • CX-3 Akari FWD auto – $36,190
  • CX-3 Akari AWD auto – $38,190
  • CX-3 Akari LE FWD auto – $36,690
  • CX-3 Akari LE AWD auto – $38,690
  • CX-3 100th Anniversary Special Edition FWD auto – $37,690

Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.

Mazda CX-3 Neo Sport equipment highlights

  • 16-inch steel wheels with 215/60 tyres
  • Halogen headlights
  • Body coloured, power-folding, power-adjustable door mirrors
  • Six airbags
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Manually-adjustable front seats
  • Black cloth upholstery
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth
  • Six-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and DAB+ digital radio
  • Internet radio integration
  • Push-button start
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Autonomous emergency braking with night-time pedestrian detection

Above: Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport LE

Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport additions (over Neo Sport)

  • Unique 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Dual-speed, rain-sensing wipers
  • Fold-down rear centre armrest
  • Leather-wrapped gear selector and steering wheel
  • Overhead sunglass storage slot
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Satellite navigation
  • Rear-view mirror with auto-dimming function
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Mazda CX-3 Maxx Sport LE additions (over Maxx Sport)

  • Tan suede-like material and Pure White leatherette trim
  • Unique 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Gloss black side mirrors and grille

Mazda CX-3 sTouring additions (over Maxx Sport, non-LE)

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 tyres
  • Body-coloured, power-adjustable and power-folding side mirrors with heating functionality
  • LED daytime-running lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • LED headlights
  • LED tail-lights
  • Black leatherette/cloth combination upholstery
  • Head-up display
  • 'Advanced' keyless entry
  • Driver attention alert
  • Front parking sensors
  • Automatic high-beams
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Lane-departure warning

Above: 2020 Mazda CX-3 Akari

Mazda CX-3 Akari additions (over sTouring)

  • Power sliding and tilt glass sunroof
  • Driver’s seat with dual-position memory function and 10-way power adjustment
  • Front seat heating
  • Black or Pure White leather trim
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality
  • 360-degree camera
  • Adaptive LED headlights

Mazda CX-3 Akari LE additions (over Akari)

  • 'Bright-finished' alloy wheels
  • Dark Russet nappa leather trim
  • Dark Russet centre console, centre and door armrests with white contrast stitching
  • Pure White air vent surrounds
  • Pure White door and dashboard trim inserts

Mazda CX-3 100th Anniversary Special Edition additions (over Akari LE)

  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica exterior paint
  • Burgundy leather upholstery with embossed headrests
  • 100th Anniversary badging for front quarters, wheel centre caps, key fobs and interior floor mats