Aside from introducing a special edition named Exclusive Mods – now the flagship model of the CX-3 in Japan – that features deep red Nappa leather upholstery and white dash trims, Mazda had also introduced major upgrades for the CX-3.

A new 1.8-litre Skyactiv-D diesel engine, that replaces the previous 1.5-litre diesel unit, benefits from strong torque output even at high rpms – an upgrade which will most certainly transform the CX-3 into a pokey little crossover.Mechanical improvements also extends to the front dampers, front stabilizers and coil springs, while the G-Vectoring Control and electric power steering systems have been tuned to achieve even smoother changes in vehicle posture.

Changes to the exterior include a revised front grille, LED rear combination lamps and aluminum wheels. Inside, the center console has been redesigned along with the addition of an electric parking brake and center armrest.

A quieter cabin has been achieved with increased thickness of the front and rear door outer panels, thicker rear window glass, improved door seals and sound-absorbing properties of the headliner.

The attention to detail has been such that even the cushions in the front seats adopt the same high-damping urethane as those used in the Mazda CX-8.In terms of safety, the refreshed CX-3 is the first model to adopt an updated version of the Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS) with enhanced ability to detect pedestrians at night.

Other safety features include the Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) which can bring the vehicle to a complete stop on its own and an optional 360° View Monitor.


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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.