Thursday, March 29, 2018
Mazda Updates CX-3 Crossover for 2018 (w/ 11 Photos)
Exquisite and edgy—that’s the mission of the 2018 Mazda CX-3 as it makes its global debut at the New York International Auto Show. The smallest crossover in Mazda’s stable, the CX-3 offers an updated engine, new technologies, and improved refinement.
Outside, it’s hard to spot the differences between the 2018 CX-3 and its predecessor. Upfront, the grille is new featuring split-horizontal slats. At the lower part, there are new chrome accents upfront that continue along the profile while high-gloss black accents at the pillars and fog lamp bezels give it a more premium touch. New 18-inch wheels and cylindrical LED taillights complete the changes. Soul Red Crystal is also added to its choice of palette colors.
Inside is where the majority of changes lie. As a perfect example of Bundled Product Planning, the CX-3 sports a fully re-designed center console with an electronic parking braking. There are also bigger cup holders and finally, a lidded center console storage that doubles as a padded armrest.
The changes continue with the seats. Adopting the CX-5’s high-density, vibration-absorbing material, they offer a firm and supportive seating. Full-on leather seats will also be made available for the first time. At the back, rear passengers now get an armrest with built-in cupholders.
Striving for improved driving dynamics, the 2018 CX-3 boasts of an updated Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine now making 148 horsepower and 201 Nm of torque—figures matching those of the Mazda3.
Enhancements have also been made to the CX-3’s suspension to improve shock and bump absorption while the steering system has been retuned for more accurate steering inputs. Thicker door panels, rear-door glass, headliner, and upgraded door seams additionally help provide a quieter and more refined cabin.
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 goes on sale in the US starting this first quarter of 2018. Although Mazda Philippines has yet to announce the availability of this sub-compact SUV in the market, it will likely make its Philippine market debut at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) in October.