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Globally, Mazda refreshes 2 and CX-3 again

Incremental updates keep the aging models relevant

Yes, the 2 and the CX-3 have been refreshed yet again. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

The Mazda 2 and the CX-3 are some of the oldest models in the Japanese carmaker’s lineup. Being the smallest and most affordable in the product line, the Hiroshima-based company knows it needs to keep them interesting and relevant. Even though our market has just received the refreshed versions, Mazda has decided to update the vehicles once more.

Two new finishes are available for the 2. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

For the 2, there are two new finishes available: Machine Gray and Jet Black. For more style points, a “sci-fi” accessory package is available for ¥116,600 or around P45,000. Included in the kit are bright lime green accents on the grille, a spoiler, and hubcaps.

Save for the bigger infotainment screen, the premium interior has mostly been untouched. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

There are more cosmetic changes on the CX-3 though. It now comes with special Vivid Monotone trim. Outside, changes include the use of black chrome outlining the front grille. The cladding now wears a glossy paint finish. Rounding up the list of exterior updates is a set of redesigned 18-inch blacked-out rims.

The new CX-3’s exterior boasts simple yet impactful changes. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

Inside, the interior gets gray with dot pattern trim pieces on the instrument panel and the door cards. The HVAC vents get copper accents. The seats are wrapped in synthetic leather upholstery with Leganu suede inserts.

Adding flair to the rather monotonous color scheme are glossy accents, while the backs of the seats are adorned with dot patterns.

The new seat material is kinder to the environment. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

Performance-wise, diesel CX-3s still have the same 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D engine. Though no official horsepower and torque figures have been shared, Mazda claims it is now tuned to offer better performance across a wider rev range.

A common addition for the 2 and the CX-3 is an updated Mazda Connect infotainment system. The screens on both models have been increased to 8.8 inches—the same displays that can be seen in the carmaker’s newer offerings. But most importantly, the cars now come available with various connected service features.

Noticeable on both the 2 and the CX-3 are the bigger Mazda Connect screens. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

These include simple convenience functions like a car finder as well as remote engine start/stop and door unlock features. Best of all, during breakdowns and accidents, you can now call roadside assistance and emergency services via the Mazda Advice Call and the Mazda Emergency Call.

Mazda will start accepting reservations through its network of dealerships in its home market of Japan. The updated 2 will be released in late December of this year, while the CX-3 will be available by February 24 next year.

Mazda is now accepting reservations for both the 2 and the CX-3. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

Mazda Philippines has just started selling the refreshed versions of the models recently, without these new features. Now, we wonder when or if these new features and functionalities will ever come to the locally sold 2 and CX-3 here.

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.