Mazda revealed a subtly updated version of its CX-3 at the recent New York International Auto Show, and now the local arm of the Japanese automaker has confirmed that the tweaked model will hit South Africa “in the later part of 2018”.

Launched in SA in late 2015 and updated in December 2016, Mazda promises that the latest evolution of the little crossover will feature a “more mature, higher-quality look and feel in every area”.

According to the Japanese automaker, the CX-3 benefits from design updates inside and out, while the naturally aspirated 2,0-litre petrol engine has been retuned to improve fuel-efficiency, reduce internal friction and deliver increased torque across its entire rev range.

Furthermore, the brand promises “big improvements in ride feel and quietness”, adding that a new electric parking brake and “other new features” will “greatly enhance functionality”.

We’ll have more details on SA-spec models (including whether the current model's peak outputs of 115 kW and 204 N.m will increase) closer to the local launch.
Mazda CX-3