The new 2017 Mazda CX-3 has been on sale since February, but the launch of the facelifted Mazda 3 and MX-5 RF gave us our first look at the revised B-segment crossover, which looks nearly identical to before – apart from the new Machine Grey hue seen here – but carries a few choice updates under the skin.

As we’ve previously reported, the new model is available as before in a single 2.0 litre petrol trim level, priced at RM138,373 on-the-road with insurance. That’s RM3,230 more expensive than before; the older model is still being sold at RM135,082. Included in the price tag is a five-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year/60,000 km free service package.

No changes on the outside, but the interior does feature a new three-spoke steering wheel from the CX-9 SUV, along with a new Active Driving Display – the head-up display is now full-colour and has increased brightness, contrast and definition for improved legibility. An eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat has also been added, with two-position memory that also saves the positioning and brightness of the HUD.

Otherwise, standard kit is the same and includes LED head- and tail lights, LED fog lights, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, leather and suede upholstery, a glass sunroof, automatic air-conditioning, automatic lights and wipers, paddle shifters, cruise control, an MZD Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, six speakers and a reverse camera.

Safety kit has also been carried over – six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill-start assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

Under the skin, the biggest addition comes in the form of the new G-Vectoring Control system which modulates engine torque to optimise vertical load on each wheel, improving steering response and stability. The steering and suspension systems have also been revised for improved ride and handling in concert with the new technology. There’s thicker rear windscreen glass and increased sound insulation, too.

The engine remains unchanged – a 2.0 litre direct-injected SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine produces 154 hp at 6,000 rpm and 204 Nm of torque at 2,800 rpm. All that is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

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