Mazda has given its popular CX-3 its first update which has improved ride refinement and road noise and adds auto braking across the range. Here are eight things you didn’t know about it.
- At the time of launch, the 2017 CX-3 was the only small-SUV in its class to offer autonomous smart city braking across the range.
- Diesels make up for just three percent of CX-3s sold in Australia.
- The most popular CX-3 variant in Australia is the Maxx petrol FWD with automatic transmission.
- An eighth colour, ‘Eternal Blue Mica’ has been added to the 2017 CX-3 range.
- Mazda, which doesn’t believe in change for change’s sake, didn’t make one exterior design alteration to the 2017 model.
- ‘Natural Sound Smoother’ is used to help make the CX-3’s diesel engine quieter by finely tuning the combustion timing to cancel noise frequency of the piston vibration. The process works similarly to noise cancelling headphones.
- Mazda engineers where able to improve rear suspension refinement by simply changing the angle of the rear damper bushes by just 12 degrees – from 45 to 33.
- The Mazda CX-3 was Australia’s most popular small SUV in 2016, with almost 40,000 sold since it first launched in 2015.
- Extensive ergonomic research led Mazda set the driver’s eye point to 1250mm to provide a clear and unobstructed view by items such as guardrails.