Mazda CX-3 is launched today with a mid-life makeover. From a first glance, it looks like not much has been changed from the previous model three years ago. This is because Mazda follows a very European approach in avoiding radical stylistic changes to prioritize tangible improvements beyond the superficial, improvements that deliver real value. The powertrain has been fixed to 2.0-litre naturally aspirated SkyActiv-G engine, paired with a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission driving the front wheels.

Space has been a downfall of the previous CX-3, giving an overall couped up interior. This time around Mazda made sure the new, facelifted CX-3 has plenty of room for its occupants. Mazda removed the handbrake, replacing it with a button-operated electric parking brake. This frees up space in the centre console, allowing designers to add a centre console box and an armrest. The windows and windscreens are now thicker, as are the door panels and headliner seals. The result is a quieter cabin. The suspension and steering have also been retuned for better comfort, insulating occupants from vibrations while maintaining Mazda’s famed Jinba Ittai character.

One cannot miss the new dashboard panel and door panels, which now features a suede-like material over it, air-conditioning vents with red accents, the front seats now provide better support, and the rear seats now have a centre armrest with cup holders.

Along with previous standard safety features in CX-3, the new version now adds Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM).

Along with these key features:

– LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights
– LED front fog lamps
– Cruise control
– Heads-Up Display (folding Perspex type, with colour)
– Automatic air-conditioning (single zone)
– 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with two memory positions
– 6-speaker MZD Infotainment with a 7-inch touchscreen display
– Reverse camera
– G-Vectoring Control
– Six airbags
– Electronic traction and stability control
– Hill start assist

The new CX-3 now sells for RM 123,788 without insurance, or about RM 3,000 less than before. Bermaz Motor, Mazda’s distributors, confirmed that all booking made prior to 1st September will be absorbed by Mazda.