The 2018 Mazda CX-3 facelift has arrived in Malaysia, where it is currently being previewed at the Oval Concourse of the 1 Utama Shopping Centre from today until July 1. As mentioned previously, the B-segment crossover has an estimated price of RM121,134 on-the-road without insurance, and bookings are now open.

Exterior revisions on the facelifted CX-3 include a new grille that features double chrome slats, additional chrome accents, darkened fog lamp surrounds, CX-5-inspired taillights and redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels (with 215/50 profile tyres).

Moving inside, the big change is the addition of an electronic parking brake (with auto brake hold) that replaces the previous manually-operated one. As a result, the centre console has been redesigned to accommodate the new gear lever base, repositioned Sport mode selector and MZD Connect controls, with the last item appearing almost identical to what you’ll find in the CX-5.

You also get an armrest that covers a storage area beneath it, plus there’s also a new centre armrest in the rear with built-in, deployable cupholders. The dashboard also gets a few revisions – slimmer air-con vents, shorter chrome bar and suede-like trim. Meanwhile, thicker door panels, tailgate glass and headliner as well as upgraded door seals help improve the vehicle’s NVH.

In terms of equipment, you’ll still get LEDs for the automatic headlamps, front fog lights and taillights, keyless entry and start, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-position memory function, automatic wipers, single-zone automatic air-conditioning, a coloured heads-up display, paddle shifters, cruise control, MZD Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, six speakers, reverse camera and auto-dimming rear view mirror.

Another thing to note is the removal of the powered sunroof but this comes at a gain in the safety department as Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert have been added. Both systems join existing ones such as ABS with EBD and brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), six airbags and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors.

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Under the bonnet is a revised 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, which is paired to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. The mill has been refined to deliver torque across a wider rev range and better efficiency, although it still churns out 151 hp at 6,000 rpm and 204 Nm of torque at 2,800 rpm. Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system, which was I ntroduced last year, remains in place.

As mentioned at the start, the new CX-3 is tentatively priced at RM121,134 but that is before any options are added, of which there are two: a navigation system (RM1,198.11) and safety tint (RM1,792.45). It is still a fully-imported (CBU) model and each purchase includes a five-year/100,000 km warranty and three-year/60,000 km free maintenance package.