Updated Mazda CX-3 August 2018
Having made its global debut at the New York Motor Show in March 2018, the updated CX-3 arrives in UK dealerships from 31st August. There is a simplified eight model line-up that sees the debut of a new SKYACTIV-D 1.8-litre diesel engine, plus technology and interior improvements.
Visually, the updated Mazda CX-3 is distinguished by a revised grille, while the darker side pillar treatment enhances the sweeping coupe-like profile of this sporty small SUV. Mazda’s signature Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint is also now available on the CX-3. Offered in SE Nav+, SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav+ trim: all cars, with the exception of the entry-level 121ps SE Nav+, feature front LED fog lights and rear privacy glass, while Sport Nav+ cars have 18-inch silver alloy wheels, LED headlights, signature LED rear lights and chrome effect front bumper and side trim garnishes.
Inside, the cabin has been redesigned around the adoption of an electric parking brake. The centre console now flows more elegantly into the dashboard, while the Mazda Multimedia Commander has moved forward for improved usability. Comfort and functionality has also been enhanced with a padded armrest with console storage box underneath.
The front seats benefit from use of high-damping urethane foam cushions that improve comfort and support, while the rear seats now feature a central armrest with built in cup holders. Cabin refinement has been improved with upgraded door sill trims, thicker sound isolation in the doors and enhanced rear glazing. In addition, an increase in the cabin headliner thickness absorbs more sound to deliver a hushed cabin.
Handling and improved ride comfort have also been targeted with new coil springs and dampers, while the front anti-roll bar has also been changed. Combined with a recalibration of the electric power steering, the end result is more consistent weight transfer and improved shock absorption.
As before, the bulk of the range is powered by the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engine, which is available in 121ps and 150ps power outputs. Now featuring innovations that debuted on the Mazda CX-5, the CX-3’s petrol engines have new edge-cut pistons and high-pressure injectors to ensure ample torque through the rev-range and improved real-world economy.
Making its debut in the Mazda CX-3, the displacement of Mazda’s small clean diesel engine has increased from 1.5 to 1.8 litres and now adopts rapid multi-stage combustion, while new egg-shaped pistons combine with ultra-high response multi-hole piezo injectors to increase combustion efficiency. As with all Mazda’s SKYACTIV diesel engines, the new 1.8-litre unit is designed to deliver a class-leading blend of performance, economy and refinement, while all three of the CX-3’s engines are homologated according to the requirements of the new WLTP/RDE test cycle and meet Euro 6d temp emissions standards.
“Ever since its launch in 2015, the CX-3 has hit the right spot with our customers, and seen this small SUV become Mazda’s second best-selling car in Europe”, commented Mazda Motors UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson.
Adding, “the updated model builds on this success with its well-considered updates and across the whole range, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 has the style, quality and driving dynamics to remain at the top of this most demanding of segments.”