The facelifted, 2018 Mazda CX-3 has been launched in Malaysia following its preview, in sole 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol guise. This unit outputs 151 hp at 6,000 rpm and 204 Nm of torque at 2,800 rpm, which drives the front wheels via a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission, and the driveline retains Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system.

The Japanese B-segment crossover brings exterior changes including a new grille with double chrome slats, more chrome accents, darkened foglamp surrounds, taillight assemblies inspired by the CX-5 and redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels shod in 215/50 profile tyres.

More changes abound within the car, where among the most notable is the move to an electronic parking brake instead of the previous, manual handbrake. This enables the inclusion of auto brake hold, and the redesigned gear lever console houses repositioned Sport mode selector and MZD Connect controls. The latter is nearly identical to that found in the bigger sibling, the CX-5.

Equipment in the 2018 CX-3 also includes LED automatic headlamps, foglamps and tail lamps, keyless entry and start, a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat with memory function for two position presets, automatic wipers, automatic air-conditioning, a colour heads-up display, shift paddles, cruise control, MZD Connect system with a seven-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, reversing camera and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

The facelifted crossover gets a boost in the safety department, where Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert have been added, joining the existing suite of systems comprising ABS, EBD with brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), six airbags and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors. This time around, the powered sunroof is omitted.

As for creature comforts within, front occupants get an armrest with storage underneath, while rear occupants also get a new centre armrest with built-in, deployable cupholders. Up in front, the dashboard gains slimmer air-con vents, a shorter chrome bar and suede-like trim while NVH is improved by thicker door panels, tailgate glass, headliner and upgraded door seals.

The price of RM121,134 on-the-road, without insurance excludes the optional RM1,792.45 Skytint window film, along with the RM1,198.11 satellite navigation. This will be revised once SST has been finalised, though Mazda will absorb the price difference for units booked before Sept 1.

The 2018 Mazda CX-3 remains a fully-imported (CBU) model from Japan, and each unit purchased will be supported by a five-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year/60,000 km free maintenance package. Six exterior colours are available for the 2018 CX-3, and these are Soul Red Crystal, Machine Grey, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crystal Blue, Ceramic Metallic and Jet Black.

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