To cope up with competitors like Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Kia Niro, the company is set to enter a new life cycle as 2018 Mazda CX-3. The Mazda CX-3 is quintessential of subcompact crossover SUV as it wears a new-gen styling and boasts satiable performance. Its main goal this time will be to capitalize on the growing markets trends – dynamic styling and efficient performance. To do so, the Mazda will take preliminary steps like cutting down weight and tuning up of the powertrain.
2018 Mazda CX-3 – Exterior Styling:
The Mazda has consistently been presenting rigorous improvements in their signature KODO design language and the new-gen Mazda CX-3 will be a part of it. In other words, the exterior styling of 2018 Mazda CX-3 will be influenced by the ever-improving KODO signature styling.
The front fascia will be a subject to major change. The departure angle of headlights will be smooth and streamlined. The signature humanoid grille will also feature chrome accents and a metallic housing. Its front door mirrors and door handles will share body color, clean plastic garnish on the side body edges and wheel arches will project a sporty profile.
Rearwards, the overhang is supposed to grow tad bit in size. The fin-like shark spoiler will be retained and rear bumper will hold 2 round chrome exhaust tips.
The changes will be on subtle levels in the interior cabin of 2018 Mazda CX-3. Its dashboard will dominate the center console with a pop-out infotainment display. The driver’s gauge cluster will also get a unique arrangement with a single bi-spoke analog meter.
The seat will receive perforated leather upholstery and height-adjustable head restraints. Moreover, upholstery will come in different shades including Black Parchment Leather, Standard Black Leather, and Black Leatherette. Utility under-seat storage and LED-lit cup holders will come as something new.
2018 Mazda CX-3 – Powertrain Upgrade:
To bring out a best-in-class driving duty, the Mazda will use a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine that will be tuned to produce outputs of more than 149 HP at 6,000 RPM and 152 lb-ft torque at 3,000 RPM. The 2018 Mazda CX-3 will be available with both AWD/2WD and a 6-speed automatic transmission will come as the sole option.
Speaking of the drive system, the AWD will integrate a computer-controlled monitoring system for distributing and altering torque between front and rear axles. Oddly enough, this AWD will add some extra 2% of overall vehicle weight.
All in all, fuel economy is expected to improve as well, and the official figures will stay close to 30 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on highways and 32 mpg on a combined scale.
2018 Mazda CX-3 – Price and Release Date:
The pricing of new Mazda CX-3 is expected to start from $20,000 and reach up to $27,000. Lastly, dealerships might get this model during the early start of 2018.