July 2017 News

Only the eagle-eyed are likely to notice the changes to Mazda’s CX-3 at first glance, as almost all of the changes are under the skin. For instance, the silky 1.5-litre diesel engine now features Transient Control, which Mazda says provides a more positive throttle response by reducing turbo lag and boosting torque. In addition, the company’s Natural Sound Smoother technology is designed to reduce knock noise during start-up and when accelerating at low speeds. A dynamic damper inside the piston pin suppresses resonance from the piston and connecting rod. Other changes include extra sound absorbing material in places like the transmission tunnel, boot and dashboard. Additional enhancements centre around recalibration of the electric power steering to tweak precision and linearity, delivering greater control when cornering and better straight-line stability, while changes to the damper rates and new front lower arm rear side bushings help to delivery better ride quality. G-Vectoring control makes its debut on the CX-3, too, as does a newly designed steering wheel. All models now feature a navigation system, as well as heated, power folding door mirrors, while on SE-L Nav versions and above, there’s autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Whereas the previous system utilised infra-red sensors, the new installation features a forward-facing camera to detect obstacles ahead. The enhanced technology means that it works at speeds of up to 50mph, up from 19mph previously. The flagship Sport Nav versions now include a heated steering wheel and colour head-up display as standard. Prices have increased for most models, with the cheapest SE Nav 1.5 diesel version costing £19,995 and a Sport Nav 1.5 diesel automatic with four-wheeldrive priced at £25,195. Available to order now, the upgraded cars will arrive in Mazda showrooms during July.