It's all about the interior of this one.
Mazda is all too keen to whip out a special edition, just take, for example, the 100th Anniversary Special Editions being rolled out across the range. But the latest special edition is one we won't be seeing in the US anytime soon. That's because the Mazda CX-3 Urban Dresser is being built solely for the Japanese domestic market. Built around the CX-3, which itself is an urban crossover designed to conquer the city, the Urban Dresser is a more stylish take on the subcompact crossover. Built around the Japanese 15S Touring derivative, from the outside, you'd be hard-pressed to identify anything different.
You'll find the Urban Dresser wearing the same 16-inch alloy wheels and Polymetal Gray Metallic exterior paint as you might find on any other upper-trim CX-3. Beneath the hood, there's a 1.5-liter engine, the same one you'd find in a 2020 Toyota Yaris, which is actually a rebadged Mazda. The grille is blacked out and the window trimmings are too.
But inside, it's a different story. The seats are decked out in a special color combination of artificial leather in white and 'Grand Luxe' fabric light brown, with the latter adorning the dash and doors as well. According to Mazda, this creates "an indoor space with a casual and modern look."
Inside, the specification has also been bolstered, and the Urban Dresser ships standard with a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a head-up display, and a host of safety upgrades over the standard model in japan. These include smart city braking, driver attention alert, traffic sign recognition, a 360-degree camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
The Mazda CX-3 Urban Dresser can be equipped with either front- or all-wheel-drive, but is only available with the brand's six-speed automatic gearbox. The FWD derivative is priced from 2,271,500 yen ($21,750 at current exchange rates), while the AWD variant sells for a little more at $23,950, making these just a little more expensive than the standard CX-3 is in the US for 2021.