With Mazda putting in their SkyActiv-D engines in a wide range of models, it is perhaps safe to say that the Japanese automaker is swearing by diesels. The Mazda CX-5 was the first to get the more powerful 2.2-liter diesel, and that same engine recently made its way to the facelifted 6 Sedan and Sport Wagon. Now, there's an all-new diesel under the hood of the CX-3.

Diesel soldiers on at Mazda with new CX-3 SkyActiv-D

The pre-facelift CX-3 was previously available with a 1.5-liter diesel. For 2018 however, it gets a larger 1.8-liter unit. This all-new engine makes its debut in the B-segment crossover but do expect it to spread throughout the compact Mazda range in the coming months or years. Given that the CX-3 is based on the Mazda 2, it is possible that the small hatch and sedan might be up next for the new diesel.

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Mazda's soon to be outgoing 1.5-liter diesel made 105 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Thanks to a 300cc bump in displacement, power is up by 10 PS and torque by 20 Nm. The result is 115 PS and, more significantly, 270 Nm of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed automatic or, for those who prefer to row their own, a six-speed manual. Both transmissions can be mated to front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Diesel soldiers on at Mazda with new CX-3 SkyActiv-D

While there are significant changes under the hood, the exterior and interior get far more subtle tweaks. For starters, the headlights have been given slight makeover, appearing sharper than the current model. Along with that, there is a new front bumper and grill with the latter getting thicker slats with chrome inserts. As for the rear, the LEDs have been rearranged to a fresher look.

Inside, Mazda claims more soft-touch materials have been added to the cabin. New door panels are also part of the 2018 revisions. The traditional handbrake makes way for an electronic parking brake and it now comes with an arm rest as standard.