Mazda’s popular crossover has recently undergone some subtle styling and spec changes for 2018. The mildly refined vehicle is available for order from one of Mazda’s dealerships countrywide. The Mazda CX3 is one of Mazda’s popular vehicle and you’re likely to see a fair number of them zoom zooming around the city. Though slight, these enhancements are bound to increase interest in the vehicle that is already a top-seller for Mazda SA. We discuss what’s changed below.
Immediately obvious is the new grill which sports fewer slats but a far more pronounced design. The now black front fog light bezels contribute to the slightly more aggressive stance. There is also the inclusion of new 18-inch alloy wheels as well as LED rear lamps for the Individual and Individual Plus trims. In the cabin, both Individual variants are decked out in leather upholstery.
Looking at specs, the mid-range Dynamic gets the inclusion of automatic climate control rear parking sensors, a leather steering wheel, automatic headlights and wipers. The list doesn’t end there as the Dynamic is now equipped with an 18 cm infotainment system, two extra speakers, and a rear centre armrest with built in cup holders as well as a automatic dimming rear-view mirror. For the entry-level Active CX-3 derivative there is a four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth compatibility as well as cruise control, keyless start, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rather neat multi-functional steering wheel.
Naturally the individual is endowed with the most, getting a satnav reverse camera, power sunroof and of course, the mighty 7-speaker Bose sound system to accompany the advanced infotainment system. There are some great drive assist technologies offered with the individual Plus packages that include Blindspot Monitor, Driver Attention Alert and the rather impressive Lane Departure Warning system. Adaptive LED headlights are also included to accompany the new LED rear lamps.
The line-up remains at 6 derivatives, all sporting the 2.0L SkyActiv petrol engine. The engine is capable of an 115kW power outcome and around 206 Nm of torque. The enhanced Mazda CX-3 is still available in either 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Pricing wise the latest Mazda CX-3 carries a higher price tag than the previous iteration with the increase varying by trim.
Typical of Mazda is its 3-year unlimited km service plan and roadside assistance programme which bear testament to the brand’s commitment to after-sale service. The brand’s reliability is echoed in this newer Mazda CX-3 that is sure to become a favourite in the local market for smaller SUV’s.