Lately there are rumors about the production of new 2018 Mazda CX-3. This model is a small sport utility vehicle which has been introduced in 2015; and each year from then, it has received a couple of changes and upgrades. Although still being young on the market, Mazda manufacturer will probably give it a few tweaks since the demand for SUVs is growing every day. This SUV model is especially popular because of its small size so it is easy to control and it is a great for every day ride. What costumers also like is its nice performance considering it belongs to the subcompact crossover SUV segment.
The new Mazda should be available in three trim levels. Those will be Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The new Mazda`s main competitors will be Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V and Acura MDX.
2018 Mazda CX-3 powertrain and performance
When it comes to the powertrain, 2018 Mazda CX-3 will have under its hood the same engine as the current model. It is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit. This engine will be able to make 146 horses and 146 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive system will be standard. However, all-wheel drive configuration will be available too. This new generation AWD system was firstly used in the larger CX-5 model.
The fuel efficiency of the new Mazda is 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, it is rated at 27∕32 mpg in the city ∕ highway drive. As for the acceleration, it can hit 60 mph in 8.1 seconds.
All in all, the new CX-3 is now more stable, excellent to handle and shows improved ride quality.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 will share the same Mazda`s KODO design as the larger CX-5 model. It will look athletic, elegant but sporty in the same time. Although, at first glance it will be very similar to the current model, we will notice some small refreshments all over the body. Both front and rear will be slightly revised and it will get some new details. The slim headlamps will be very attractive. They will give the front end more aggressive appearance. The top trim levels will receive adaptive LED headlamps and a moonroof.
Speaking of the interior design, CX-3 has been already revised with new and quality materials. The dashboard is nicely designed, simple and features standard 7-inch touchscreen. Furthermore, the front seat row provides an excellent space while the second row of seats could be a bit crowded for taller passengers. As for the equipment, all the models will receive a rearview camera, cruise control, Bluetooth, air conditioning, power windows and locks. The higher trim levels will e equipped with stereo system with six speakers, blind spot monitors, satellite radio, Bose audio system with seven speakers and so on.
Release date and price of 2018 Mazda CX-3
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is expected to hit the market later this year. It will probably be in the end of 2017. When it comes to the price, the base model should start at around $21,000. The top trims could reach the price of $27,000.