The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is the new version of Mazda’s compact crossover SUV which debuted for the 2016 model year. Mazda CX-3 is the smallest crossover SUV in brand’s lineup where it takes position bellow the larger CX-5 and CX-9. This model is one of the most car-like vehicles in its class and delivers great performance and handling. Stylish look and availability of modern features are also what you will like about this car. With its small proportions and easy maneuverability this vehicle is also easy to park and control.
What could be new for 2018:
Unfortunately, Mazda hasn’t said anything about the upcoming Mazda CX-3. It is more focused on the new generation of the larger CX-5 which will come all-new for the 2018 model year. However, we expect that this model will enter the third year of the existence with some improvements. Mazda will likely introduce some cosmetic changes and interior updates. Upgraded tech and addition of the new safety features are also expected. The performance of the model could also be improved.
2018 Mazda CX-3: Styling changes
The styling is one of things that separates and makes Mazda’s vehicles different and so appalling. The complexity of forms and lines defined by the KODO design philosophy give Mazda’s models sporty and athletic effect but also makes these vehicles very elegant. The 2018 Mazda CX-3 will not be the difference either. It will look great on the road but not much different from the current version.
We expect that Mazda will do some cosmetic changes around models front fascia and the rear side might also see some new details. New color options and wheel design should also be available. More visible changes should be seen in the 2019 version.
Inside, the CX-3 will feature a contemporary design which shares many similarities with the Mazda3. The model will include sleek and uncluttered dash with the familiar pop-up style center screen. We will again see circular air vents and HVAC controls. The model will also deliver impressive front seat comfort and should offer array of an attractive textures.
On the other hand, we should also benefit from an upgraded infotainment system and more standard features. The base models will include automatic headlights, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, smartphone compatibility, and we expect more standard safety features.
The higher trims will improve with upgraded upholstery, automatic climate control, larger wheels, upgraded infotainment features, premium sound system and more.
The new CX-3 should also bring new safety features to the current list of available systems. It already includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. However, it might also add line keep assist, sight recognition, etc.
2018 Mazda CX-3: Performance
Mazda CX-3 has already been well-known for its precise steering and good handling. It also has efficient powertrain with the availability of the impressive, electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system. However, this model is just above the average when it comes to the acceleration and we could see some improvements here.
Mazda currently offers this model with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine only in the US. In the current form, this engine can produce 146 hp and the matching torque. Some improvements in power and torque are possible in order to improve model’s performance. It is also possible that 2018 Mazda CX-3 will offer a more powerful alternative to this model.
On the other hand, we expect a six-speed automatic transmission and, of course, front- and all-wheel drive. The fuel-economy should stay at around 31 combined.
2018 Mazda CX-3: Release, Price
The new 2018 Mazda CX-3 should come in the second half of this year with the price that starts from around $20, 000. We expect more details about this model soon.