Mazda Southern Africa says it is now “accepting orders” for the updated Mazda CX-3, which gains subtle improvements inside and out.

As before, the local line-up comprises six derivatives, each powered by the Japanese automaker’s naturally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol unit, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic (torque converter) transmission.

This four-cylinder engine, says Mazda, has been “retuned” to improve fuel-efficiency, reduce internal friction and deliver its torque across a wider rev range. It sends an unchanged 115 kW to the front wheels, along with 206 N.m (an increase of two units).

Pricing now starts at R292 700 (R1 900 more than before) and runs through to R399 200 (R10 800 more than before).

Exterior tweaks include a colour change (to black) for the front foglamp bezels, a fresh 18-inch alloy wheel design, and a slight update to the grille. The brand’s Soul Red Crystal paintwork is also now offered across the range, while LED taillamps are now available for the flagship Individual and Individual Plus derivatives.

In addition, all derivatives now gain a front centre console armrest (something we missed in our long-term CX-3) and an electric parking brake. Dynamic, Individual and Individual Plus variants also score a rear centre seat armrest with cup holders, while an electro-chromatic rearview mirror is now offered from the Dynamic spec up. Furthermore, the Individual and Individual Plus derivatives now come standard with full leather upholstery.

All models in the updated CX-3 range come standard with a three-year unlimited kilometre service plan, along with a three-year warranty.

Pricing:
Mazda CX-3 2,0 Active: R292 700
Mazda CX-3 2,0 Active auto: R313 000
Mazda CX-3 2,0 Dynamic: R322 300
Mazda CX-3 2,0 Dynamic auto: R334 300
Mazda CX-3 2,0 Individual auto: R384 600
Mazda CX-3 2,0 Individual Plus auto: R399 200
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