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Mazda’s Subcompact Crossover Gets a Mild Refresh

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 made its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show and you’ll have to look closely to see all the changes.

Subtle updates were made to the exterior of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 as part of its refresh, with a new front grille that Mazda says “provides a stronger presence with a greater sense of depth.” There’s also the addition of new chrome accents that start up front and continue along the profile of the vehicle. In the rear, the LED tail lights get a new design, while new 18-inch wheels adorn each corner.

More significant changes take place inside the cabin, with the CX-3 getting a newly redesigned center console and armrests. The Japanese automaker switched to an electronic parking brake, allowing its designers to rethink the center console, which now features relocated cupholders, storage in the center console, and an integrated armrest. The front seats have also been redesigned and are now wider with high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam. And for the first time, higher-trim models are available with full leather seat surfaces.

Rear-seat passengers haven’t been forgotten with the addition of a center armrest with built-in cupholders. Helping make the cabin quieter are thicker door panels, rear-door glass, headliner, and upgraded door seams.

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Under the hood, performance of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has been refined. Mazda says the engine has been retuned to increase torque across its entire RPM range, resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced internal friction. On paper however, figures increase by two for both horsepower and torque, resulting in 148 hp and 148 lb-ft of twist. There’s also the addition of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology to the CX-3, while the suspension and power steering have also been fine tuned for enhanced responsiveness.

Pricing information for the 2019 Mazda CX-3 was not announced at its debut, but it should come soon since it will go on sale in the U.S. this spring.

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