Barely a year since its first update, Mazda introduced another facelift to its CX-3 subcompact sedan. This time, it gets subtle design and interior changes, as well as additional safety tech features.
Outside, it’s easy to see that its front grille received a refresh. The gaps between the lines are now more spacious while the fog lamps that flank it are now encased in gloss black material. Its lip, too, has a new chrome garnish to enhance its look.
Not much has changed on the side, except for its revamped 18-inch wheels. This is combined with an upgraded suspension that’s optimized to provide improved ride comfort. At the back, and perhaps the biggest change exterior wise, is its taillights that are now similar to the CX-5’s.
As for its engine, the new CX-3 will get two options – a 1.8L SkyActiv-D diesel engine (replacing the 1.5L mill) and a 2.0L SkyActiv-G that’s updated with the same technologies found in the CX-5.
Subtle improvements have been made such as the center air conditioning vent that doesn’t stretch all the way to the passenger side. Gone is the mechanical brake in favor of the electronic electric parking brake. This allowed Mazda to incorporate a few more cup holders and a center armrest in the console.
The safety features for the CX-3 got a huge boost with the Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop and auto-dimming rear view mirror. It also now has a 360-degree view monitor that’s pretty much like Nissan’s Around View Monitor (AVM).
The refreshed Mazda CX-3 will also be the first model in its stable to come with an updated version of the Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS) with pedestrian detection. Of course, this subcompact crossover will also come with the brand’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC).
Mazda has already introduced the refreshed CX-3 in Malaysia. This leads us to the obvious question when will the Philippines get it too? Only time will tell.