2017 Mazda CX-3 : 9 things you didn’t know

By David Bonnici, 15 May 2017 Car Reviews

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2017 Mazda CX-3 : 9 things you didn’t know

Here’s nine things you didn't know about Mazda’s updated version of its top-selling small SUV.

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.