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Revised Mazda CX-3 prices and specs revealed

2018 facelift for the Mazda CX-3 focuses less on cosmetics and more on mechanical upgrades

The Mazda CX-3 has been facelifted, gaining changes to its styling, interior, suspension and engine line-up.

From the outside, the revisions to the Nissan Juke rival are hard to spot: aside from a touched-up grille and darker pillar trims, barely anything is new. One tweak makes a big difference inside, however: ditching the old manual handbrake with an electrical item has not only freed up space for the repositioned infotainment controls, but also a central armrest with a cubby space beneath it.

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The front seats get different padding to make them more supportive, and those in the back get a folding centre armrest with cupholders. Several changes that are harder to spot should improve refinement: there’s thicker roof lining and sound insulation in the doors, and revisions to the door sill trims and rear glazing.

The bigger upgrades lie on the mechanical side. The previous CX-3 was among the most fun to drive mini SUVs on the market, but Mazda has overhauled the springs, dampers and front anti roll bar. Along with a revised steering system, Mazda claims that the updated model both rides and handles better than the old one.

The petrol side of the engine line-up remains pretty much the same as before, with a 2.0-litre unit available in 119bhp or 148bhp outputs. However, adjustments to the pistons and injectors - both of which introduced in the latest CX-5 - are said to improve torque and real-world fuel economy. The car’s previous 1.5-litre diesel has been replaced by a 1.8-litre unit. The 1.8 makes 113bhp, which is 10bhp more than the old one. The diesel and the 119bhp petrol are front-wheel drive, while the 148bhp model is all-wheel drive only.

The CX-3 line-up is available to buy from 31 August, starting from £18,995. That’s for the SE Nav+ model with the lower-powered petrol engine; the SE-L Nav+ costs an extra £1,400, and at £21,695, the 2.0-litre Sport Nav+ costs £1,300 more than the SE-L Nav+. The most expensive model in the range is the 148bhp petrol Sport Nav+ Auto, which costs £24,995.

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Alex joined Auto Express as staff writer in early 2018, helping out with news, drives, features, and the occasional sports report. His current role of Chief reviewer sees him head up our road test team, which gives readers the full lowdown on our comparison tests.

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