Mazda_CX-3_Akari_LE_frontKeen to hold onto second place in the hard fought Australian sales race Mazda has introduced what it describes as a, “premium range-topper” to the small SUV market – the Mazda CX-3 Akari LE.

The emphasis is on the interior where the seats are finished in Dark Russet Nappa leather, the centre console and armrests are have colour matched synthetic leather. All are finished with white stitching, offset by Pure White synthetic leather panelling on the seats, doors and dash. Dash mounted air vents are accented with a Pure White metallic ring.

Externally the only changes are to the new-design 18-inch bright alloy wheels.

Mazda CX-3 Akari LE is available in a choice of five body colours: Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Jet Black Mica, Machine Grey Metallic, Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Ceramic Metallic.


The only engine offered on the Akari LE is a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder unit, likewise the only transmission is a six-speed automatic. However, it is available in all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.

It’s an open secret that the current Mazda CX-3 is to be replaced by an either all-new or heavily revised model in 2019 so you may be able to push for a strong deal on the current models, either on this new Akari LE or one of the other 15 variants in the range.


Mazda CX-3 Akari LE is priced at $35,290 with front-wheel drive and $37,290 AWD plus on-road costs.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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