Special edition Mazda Black+ models 10 | 09 | 2018

    MAZDA HAS LAUNCHED special limited editions of its Mazda2 and CX-3. Both models — the Mazda2 Black+ Edition and CX-3 Sport Black+ — are available to order now from Scottish dealerships priced from £15,795 and £22,195 respectively. (Related: Mazda gives its CX-3 a facelift)

    Based on the 90ps SE-L Nav+, the Mazda2 Black+ Edition is distinguished by 16in black alloys, rear privacy glass, a roof mounted shark fin antenna and a Brilliant Black roof spoiler. Buyers also get the choice of free-of-charge Machine Grey Metallic, Dynamic Blue Mica or Deep Crimson Mica paint. (Related: Mazda2 — Azores Epic Drive)


    The Mazda CX-3 Sport Black+ is based on the popular 121ps 2WD SE-L Nav+ model, and comes with a choice of manual or automatic gearbox (the auto starts at £23,195). As with the Black+ Mazda2, just 500 cars will be offered to ensure exclusivity and there’s a choice of three free-of-charge paints: in this case Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Eternal Blue Mica or Machine Grey Metallic. (Related: Two days, 1100kms and a Mazda CX-3)


    The sporty looks of the standard CX-3 are further enhanced by a black rear spoiler and mirror caps, while inside black leather seats are standard. Over and above SE-L Nav+, the Sport Black+ gets 18in silver alloys, chrome garnish side and front bumper trim, front parking sensors, reversing camera, a heated steering wheel and a colour head-up display.


    “Both the Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 have been updated this year,” Peter Allibon, Mazda UK sales director, said, “and with the introduction of a pair of standout special edition models, which bring the generous equipment, distinctive looks and the enhanced value discerning small car buyers are looking for, I think our 2018 Mazda2 and 2018 Mazda CX-3 ranges are more attractive than ever.”


    Across the entire 2018 Mazda2 and 2018 Mazda CX-3 range all models are homologated under Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure (WLTP) regulations and meet Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standards. (Related: 2019 Mazda MX-5 prices)

    Like the rest of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 range, the Sport Black+ has benefited from a host of updates, with the revised cabin now even more comfortable, ergonomic and upmarket. 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 improved 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.


    The CX-3 now also has new coil springs and dampers have been fitted, 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 all leading to enhanced handling and improved ride comfort.


    “Ever since its launch in 2015, the CX-3 has hit the right spot with our customers,” Mazda Motors UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson, said, “and the 2018 model builds on this success with its well-considered updates. And as with all our special edition models, the Sport Black+ adds a standout distinctive model to the line-up.”

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    Jim McGill


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