Just last year, Mazda gave the 2019 CX-3 compact crossover a number of extensive upgrades. And now, they have decided to give it a minor facelift again. This time, the focus is more on improving the driver’s comfort by offering improved materials in the cabin, and a little more power under the hood. The more refined CX3 will go on sale later this spring, but Mazda will not provide us with the prices until it gets closer to launch.
Just like before, the Mazda CX-3 continues to carry Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.0 liter four cylinder. It now produces 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 148 pound feet (201 Newton metres) of torque, instead of the outgoing model with 146 horsepower (109 kilowatts) and 146 pound feet (198 Newton metres).
Mazda also says that the engine change allows for more torque throughout the rev range, better fuel economy, and less internal friction. But there are actually not enough specific numbers that will back up these claims at this time.
When looking at the Mazda CX-3 from the outside, the little crossover seems to have a slightly different exterior too. The 2019’s grille now has paired groups of horizontal slats, instead of the individual crosspieces that can be found on the current model. Even the surround seems a little more angular too. Up front, around the corners of the front fascia are chrome trims surround it.
To give this some accent, piano black accents surround the side windows and foglight bezels. There is also a circular element that has been incorporated into the center of the taillights, instead of the previous model’s rectangular element.
The 2019 CX-3 now sits on a set of 18 inch wheels as well. Customers can now pick the Soul Red Crystal that is now part of the colour palette too, same with that of the MX-5 Miata and CX-5.
Inside the cabin, there is now more space for passengers as the regular handbrake had been replaced by and electronic one. Thanks to this, there is now a larger center console and armrest between the front seats.
The front seats have been made a little wider, and now feature vibration-absorbing urethane foam too, so those seated in front should feel more comfortable. Meanwhile, occupants in the back get their own new center armrest with built in cupholders. Last thing about the CX-3’s interior is that door panels and rear door glass are now made thicker for a quieter cabin.
For the range-topping CX-3, customers will get full leather upholstery for the seats, which they can get in either white or black. This will be combined with a gray, faux-suede material that covers the dashboard and door trim on these models.