Mazda’s philosophy is to avoid change for changes sake so it would take a very keen eye to notice any visual differences applied to the 2017 CX-3. Mazda’s engineers turned their attention to improving ride-refinement and road noise and have succeeded with both, allowing the CX-3 to meet existing benchmarks without necessarily creating new ones. Where it does raise the small-SUV bar is through the inclusion of advanced driver safety technology. The CX-3 already did a lot right and now ticks even more boxes.
Mazda has not changed the engines, which remain a 109kW/192Nm 2.0 petrol (fuel use 6.1L/100km) and a 77kW/270Nm 1.5 turbo-diesel (4.8L/100km). The CX-3 remains just 4275mm long, still has a tiny 264L boot and offers only 155mm of ground clearance.
Nevertheless, Mazda’s smallest crossover has entrenched itself as Australia’s top-selling small SUV since its March 2015 launch, with 40,000 sold so far, and a projected monthly average of 1500 units.
Aesthetically, unless a 2017 CX-3 comes in the all-new Eternal Blue Mica paint job or with new gun-metal 18-inch alloys, there isn’t much to show outside. Inside, the key differences are the more ergonomic multi-function steering wheel from the CX-9 and an illuminated gauge cluster that’s an improvement on the old LCD display.