The arrival of the all-new CX-30 undoubtedly gives Mazda a key player in the continuously growing subcompact crossover segment. But with this, a lot of customers are asking: Will Mazda discontinue its other subcompact CX-3?
The answer is no. Instead, the automaker is ditching all but one trim levels of the CX-3 to accommodate the CX-30 in the coming model year.
According to a report, the 2020 CX-3 will only be offered as a Sport model once it goes on sale. This means customers will no longer get the Touring and Grand Touring variants.
The new CX-3 will come with a starting price of $21,685, inclusive of the mandatory destination charge, making it $1,260 more affordable than the entry-level CX-30 which comes with a starting price of $22,945 with destination fee.
Despite the loss of other trim levels, however, Mazda is still giving the CX-3 the right treatment with the inclusion of the brand’s i-Activesense Package as standard equipment to the model. The package includes advanced safety features such as pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are also included with no extra charges.
Taking these into consideration, the 2020 CX-3 comes out on top of the outgoing model, which starts at $22,535 when equipped with the same features.
Mazda introduced the CX-3 in 2016 and sold 18,557 units in the United States. In 2017 and 2018, sales of the crossover dropped down a bit at 16,355 and 16,899 units, respectively.
From January to November this year, the company delivered 14,820 units of the vehicle. It remains to be seen how the one-option trim will affect Mazda’s sales of the CX-3 and whether it will boost the market performance of the upcoming CX-30.