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So we've published the official prices of the all-new Mazda CX-3, and the prevailing consensus among our readers is that the much-awaited car is expensive--all three variants of it. To summarize: The CX-3 AWD Activ is priced at P1,480,000; the CX-3 Sport goes for P1,380,000; and the CX-3 Pro is pegged at P1,280,000.

"Golden!" a couple of readers remarked.

One reason the CX-3 costs more than what we expect is that all units are sourced from Japan, and these units do not benefit from any tax exemption provided by the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement since they are powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine (only Japan-imported units with an engine displacement of 3.0 liters and above are covered).

But to be perfectly fair to Mazda Philippines, the variants to be sold to our market are pretty loaded, too. And this is what we want to share with you here.

All three variants have a 1,998cc in-line-four Skyactiv-G gasoline engine rated at 146hp (at 6,000rpm) and 192Nm (at 2,800rpm). All variants are also equipped with a six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission, as well as the i-Stop automatic stop-start system.

The CX-3, in case you missed it, measures 4,275mm in length, 1,765mm in width and 1,535mm in height--placing it squarely in the subcompact crossover territory currently occupied by the Chevrolet Trax, the Ford EcoSport, the Honda HR-V and the Nissan Juke. It also has a wheelbase of 2,570mm, a ground clearance of 155mm, and a minimum turning radius of 5,300mm.

The AWD Activ has Mazda's i-Activ all-wheel drive system, while the Sport and the Pro are both front-wheel-driven.

All three variants are underpinned by MacPherson struts in front and a torsion beam axle at the back. Stopping power comes courtesy of ventilated discs in front and solid discs at the rear. For the wheels, the AWD Activ and the Sport have 18-inch alloy ones (gun metallic with machine finish, with 215/50 tires), while the Pro has 16-inch alloy rollers (silver, with 215/60 tires).

For the exterior, the AWD Activ and the Sport boast LED headlamps with daytime running lights (halogen headlamps for the Pro); automatic-folding side mirrors; and LED rear combination lamps (bulbs for the Pro). All three variants also have standard front fog lamps, shark's fin antenna, and dual exhaust pipes with finisher.

Inside, the AWD Activ and the Sport have leather seats with suede inserts (fabric for the Pro); red interior accents; analog tachometer and digital speedometer (digital tachometer for the Pro); automatic single-zone climate control (manual for the Pro); overhead console with sunglass holder; and heads-up display. Meanwhile, the AWD Activ has a Bose audio setup and a DVD player (CD player for the Sport and the Pro).

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All three variants have a push start/stop button; leather steering wheel (with audio and Bluetooth controls); paddle shifters; leather shift knob; seven-inch touchscreen LCD monitor with MP3, auxiliary, USB and Bluetooth functionality; command controller for the entertainment system; Bluetooth hands-free system; power windows; 12V power outlet; and GPS navigation system.

In the area of safety and security, the AWD Activ and the Sport have driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags (the Pro has driver and passenger airbags). All three variants are likewise equipped with ABS, stability control, immobilizer, and a backing-up rear-view camera. The AWD Activ adds a smart keyless entry system and rear parking sensors.

So there. What do you think of the prices now that you know the CX-3's list of specs and features?

 

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