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Mazda PH very quietly updates the CX-3

The automaker’s smallest crossover got a few but well-needed upgrades

Mazda Philippines has brought the refreshed CX-3 without much fanfare. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

Earlier, we shared with you news about the refreshed Mazda 2. In that article, we’ve mentioned that one of the subcompact’s new finishes, Aero Gray, has also been made available for the CX-3. It turns out the paint job isn’t the only new thing that comes with this subcompact crossover. That’s because Mazda Philippines is indeed selling a refreshed CX-3.

Aside from the new paint job, you’d have a hard time finding out what was changed in this refresh. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

The latest additions to the new CX-3 are a 10-way (from eight-way) power driver’s seat with memory, power lumbar support, and a wireless charger to supplement the wireless Apple CarPlay support.

However, we checked Mazda’s website and compared the spec sheets of the outgoing and the refreshed models. And we found these supposed changes.

The wireless charging pad is one of the more obvious additions to the new CX-3. PHOTO FROM MAZDA

The new model now has 18-inch gunmetal wheels, and coming- and leaving-home lights. Other supposedly new additional safety features include Isofix child seat anchors, hill launch assist, a seatbelt reminder for all passengers, and speed-sensing door locks.

Under the hood is the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine that makes 148hp and 195Nm. It is still paired with a six-speed automatic that drives the front wheels. Thankfully, one of the other things that were unchanged was the price. The updated CX-3 still sells for P1,510,000, the same as the outgoing model.

The CX-3 has aged well. PHOTOS FROM MAZDA

Only time will tell if this latest facelift will be the nameplate’s swan song. After all, the current-generation CX-3 is almost 10 years old now. So, if you still dig this small crossover, get your checks ready and visit your nearest Mazda dealership.

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.