One of our, if not the nation’s, most favourite compact crossover, the Mazda CX-3 has been given, albeit minor, an abundant of cosmetic updates and we think it would sit really well with those eager to get their hands on one.

For starters, the most notable change in the front end is a new grille design with dual horizontal lines, along with chrome finishing on the lower end of the front bumper and the sides of the car. A new optional Soul Red Crystal paint is also available. At the back, the CX-3’s tail lights get a new design with a more cylindrical look to go with the more visually-appealing 18-inch wheel design. The most drastic change lies inside the CX-3 with a newly redesigned centre console and arm rest. This is the result of opting for an electronic parking brake that has freed up space for designers to relocate the cupholders, provide more storage space in the centre console and an integrated armrest with soft padding.

The seats have been redesigned too – to be wider and now stuffed with high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam that creates a firm, supportive seating surface. Thicker door panels, rear-door glass, headliner and upgraded door seams will also ensure a quieter and more refined cabin that’s now laced with suede-like materials on the dashboard and door trims. For rear-seat passengers, their ride will now be enriched with a center armrest with built-in cupholders.

Underneath it all sits a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, direct-injection petrol engine that’s been retuned to push out 148 hp and 201 Nm for increased torque across the RPM range. The CX-3’s suspension and power steering have also been optimised for better shock absorption  steering responsiveness.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.