New York 2018: Mazda gives the CX-3 subtle tweaks, more power

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Mazda CX-3 gets mild power bump for 2018

With two all-new crossovers in the range, Mazda has turned their attention to their smallest offering, the CX-3. No, it's not an all new model but Mazda claims they have done significant changes inside and under the hood. That said, it does get a mildly redesigned exterior as well.

Exterior changes have brought it in line with the current design language of the CX-5 and the CX-9. It appears that the headlights have been given slight makeover, appearing sharper than the current model. More noticeable is the new grill and the bumper. The grill features new, thicker slats with chrome inserts.

It's wider too and thus, the bumper has also been remolded to accommodate the new trim piece. Also new are the foglight housings with new elements. Lastly, the body-colored bumper edges make way for chrome trimming.

There are also minor changes to the rest of the body. Chrome now surrounds the window frames although, interestingly, it doesn't extend all the way to the back. The body-colored trim has also been removed in the facelift model, making it appear higher off the ground. It then rides on a new set of multi-spoke alloy wheels. Changes to the rear are relegated to round LED elements in the tail lights, replacing the square ones from the current model.

On the face of it, the interior is largely carried over from the pre-facelift model. However, Mazda is keen to point out the new door trimmings and the addition of soft touch materials, boosting cabin ambiance. The traditional handbrake then makes way for an electronic parking brake. The lack of an armrest was one of the quirks of the current CX-3 and it has now been rectified with the facelift.

Powering the revised CX-3 is the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder SkyActiv-G block like the current version. However, tweaks under the hood have also given it a slight bump in horsepower. The CX-3 now makes 150 PS and 201 Nm of torque. Power is delivered either through the front wheels or all four wheels, depending on the variant.

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