Johannesburg - Mazda’s updated CX-3 is now available to order in South Africa, the compact SUV sporting subtle styling updates and a spec boost.

The biggest design change is the new grille, which has fewer slats, but with a more pronounced ‘bundled together’ design, while the front fog light bezels are now black in colour. Furthermore, Individual and Individual Plus models get new 18-inch alloy wheels and LED rear combination lamps.

On the inside, both Individual derivatives now have full leather upholstery.

The humbler models also get some feature enhancement action, with the entry Active grade gaining an electric parking brake and front centre armrest, and the Dynamic gets a rear centre armrest with cup holders as well as an auto dimming rearview mirror.

As before, the entry Active model comes with manual air conditioning, a four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, cruise control, keyless start, multi-function steering wheel, power folding mirrors and 16” alloy wheels.

The mid-range Dynamic adds automatic climate control to the features list, along with an 18cm touchscreen infotainment system, two extra speakers, rear parking sensors, auto headlights and wipers and a leather-covered steering wheel.

Move up to Individual and you get a seven-speaker Bose sound system, satnav, reverse camera, head-up display, a power sunroof, LED headlights and 18” alloys.

The Individual Plus derivative packs in some extra driver assistance gadgets, such as Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Smart City Brake Support, Driver Attention Alert and Adaptive LED headlights.

As before, all CX-3s are powered by a 2-litre normally aspirated petrol engine that produces 115kW and 206Nm, driving the front wheels only.

The CX-3 is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. 

Pricing has increased by about R2000 at the bottom of the range and around R10 000 up top.

Mazda CX-3 Prices

2.0 Active manual R292 700
2.0 Active auto R313 000
2.0 Dynamic auto R334 300
2.0 Individual auto R384 600
2.0 Individual Plus auto R399 200

Prices include a three-year warranty and roadside assistance programme.