The exterior of the new CX-3 is almost identical to the 2018 model. However, this is no bad thing as the CX-3 remains one of the most appealing and attractive vehicles in its segment. Subtle changes include a new front grille, additional chrome accents, Piano black elements, and the addition of Crystal premium paint.
Elsewhere, the 2019 CX-3 gets revised LED taillights and 18-inch wheels.
Most of the changes enjoyed by the 2019 CX-3 are limited to the interior. For example, an electronic parking brake has been fitted. The Japanese firm claims that this “allows for a significant increase in storage place.” We’re not so sure about the word ‘significant’ in that statement but nevertheless, some customers may be pleased to have a new button to play with…
In all seriousness, the electronic parking brake has allowed Mazda to fit an armrest and relocate the cupholders.
A better engine
Elsewhere, Mazda says the CX-3 receives a refined SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter petrol engine. This powertrain delivers 148 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque and is said to be more fuel efficient than the outgoing one. Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control is also featured, allowing for better steering.
Inside, there is some extra leather in the cabin, and redesigned seats promising to offer improved support. Additional changes include suede-like material on the dashboard and door panels as well as red louver accents around the air vents. Rear seat passengers also get a center armrest with built-in cupholders.
Sales of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 will start in spring 2018.
[Article updated with additional images]