Mazda's entry-level crossover has just received a light update for the 2018 model year. For the mild refresh, Mazda introduced several new safety features for the B-segment crossover, as well as a myriad of technical refinments.
For starters, the 2018 CX-3 now comes with Mazda's G-Vectoring Control. First introduced in the refreshed 3, 6 and all-new CX-5, it aims to deliver better handling and power delivery by automatically adjusting engine torque to steering inputs.
Apart from that, the CX-3 also received a new safety system called Smart City Brake Support. Essentially the brand's autonomous emergency braking, it will automatically apply the brakes in dangerous situations below 30 km/h.
Mazda was also busy underneath the skin of the 2018 CX-3. For starters, it now has revised suspension bushings, recalibrated dampers, and new front lower control arms and engine mounts. Better Noise, Vibration and Harshness deadening was also introduced as the CX-3 now comes with thicker rear glass and sound supression mats underneath the floor and dashboard.
Throttle and transmisision response were also given attention according to Mazda for better overall performance.
Providing power still is the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine that is mated to six-speed automatic transmission. It puts out 148 PS at 6000 rpm along with 192 Nm of torque at 2800 rpm.
Other new additions introduced in the 2018 Mazda CX-3 are the following: full-color headsup display, redesigned steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and automatic high beam headlights.