Mazda gives its CX-3 a facelift 22 | 08 | 2018

    MAZDA HAS GIVEN its CX-3 a facelift and introduced a new 1.8-litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine. The revised range goes on-sale at Scottish dealerships on August 31 with prices starting from £18,995. A new limited edition Sport Black+ goes on-sale on October 1. (Related: Two days, 1100kms and a Mazda CX-3)

    Externally the styling tweaks are subtle, limited to a touched-up grille and darker pillar trims. The more significant changes are inside. (Related: Mazda updates best-selling CX-5)

    The previous manual handbrake has been ditched in favour of a new electric version. The main benefit of this is to free up space for the repositioned infotainment controls, but there’s also a central armrest with a cubby space beneath it.

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    There’s now new padding in the front seats to make them more supportive, while those in the rear also get a folding centre armrest with cupholders. Refinement is improved thanks to thicker roof lining and sound insulation in the doors, plus revisions to the door sill trims and rear glazing. (Related: Roadtest — Mazda CX-3)

    But it’s on the mechanical side where the biggest, most significant changes have been made.

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    The Mazda CX-3 has always been one of the most fun-to-drive mini-SUVs on the market; and now Mazda has made it even better by giving the springs, dampers and front anti roll bar an overhaul. That, allied to a revised steering system, means — certainly according to the engineers — the updated model rides and handles even better than the previous model.

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    In terms of engines, it’s pretty much as you were in terms of the petrol versions, with the 2.0-litre SkyActiv unit available as either 119bhp or 148bhp states of tune. The latest version though does include adjustments to the pistons and injectors — as was carried out previously on the CX-5 — to improve torque and real-world fuel economy.

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    The 1.5-litre diesel has been replaced by the larger, more efficient and cleaner 113bhp 1.8-litre. The diesel and the 119bhp petrol are front-wheel drive, while the 148bhp model is all-wheel drive only.

    The Mazda CX-3 Sport Black+ will be limited to just 500 cars, and features a black leather interior, black roof spoiler, mirror caps and free of charge metallic paint.

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    Prices start at £18,995 for the SE Nav+ model with the lower-powered petrol engine, with the SE-L Nav+ costing an extra £1400. The 2.0-litre Sport Nav+ starts at £21,695, a premium of £1300. The range-topper is the 148bhp petrol Sport Nav+ Auto, which costs £24,995.

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    “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”, Mazda Motors UK managing director, Jeremy Thomson, said. “The 2018 model builds on this success with its well-considered updates.”

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    Jim McGill

     

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