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Mazda Unveils ‘Exquisite and Edgy’ Redesigned CX-3 at New York Auto Show

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Mazda has three crossovers in its lineup: the CX-9, CX-5, and CX-3. The former two tend to get a lot of attention, as the CX-9 is Mazda’s largest flagship, and the CX-5 is the most recently redesigned of the three that constitutes the majority of the brand’s sales.

However, Mazda continues to care deeply for its smallest crossover, the CX-3, and at the New York International Auto Show, it unveiled a new, redesigned 2019 CX-3 to the crowd.


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2019 Mazda CX-3 redesign

Exterior Upgrades

Mazda has changed the exterior of the CX-3 to “add a deeper feeling of elegance and quality” in a number of ways. Mazda calls the improvements on the outside “subtle,” and personally, I have to call that description “accurate.”

Here’s what Mazda says is new on the 2019 CX-3:

  • New Grille
  • New chrome accents on front and around side
  • Piano black accents on the side pillars and fog light bezels
  • New Soul Red Crystal paint
  • New cylindrical taillight design
  • New 18-inch wheels with a multifaceted spoke design

Once those are pointed out, I can see what they are talking about, but they are somewhat easy to miss at first, so I took the liberty of pointing them out on this shot of the new CX-3.

pointing out design tweaks on 2019 CX-3

For reference, here’s the old one.

2018 Mazda CX-3

Personally, I’m not sure why, but the new CX-3 just seems subtly longer than the previous one. I couldn’t really tell you why for certain – it’s possible that it’s the new paint.

2019 CX-3 Exterior Gallery

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2019 Mazda CX-3 redesign

Interior Improvements

The interior saw more drastic changes. Once again, here is Mazda’s list of what changed:

  • Redesigned center console and armrests
  • Newly electronic parking brake with auto-hold feature
  • Redesigned front seats—made wider, with high-density vibration-absorbing urethane foam inside
  • Newly available leather seating on higher trim levels with high-gloss pleated piping
  • New suede-like trim dashboard and door trim
  • New red louver accents around HVAC vents
  • New rear-seat center armrest with built-in cupholders

Since these are far more noticeable, I will just provide the photos and you can spot them yourselves.

2019 CX-3 Interior Gallery

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2019 CX-3 redesign

Engine and Suspensions Tweaks

Finally, as the brand usually does, Mazda has revamped the powertrain and suspension. Here’s what Mazda reports is new.

  • Retuned SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine for increased torque, better fuel efficiency, and lower friction – power metrics are expected to bump up ever so slightly to 148 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque
  • Fine-tuned suspension and power steering
  • New low-profile tires to better absorb shocks from the road and reduce braking distances
  • Thicker door panels, rear-door glass, and headliner with upgraded door seams for a quieter cabin

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Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.