The upgraded 2019 Mazda CX-3 was unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, and what a grand debut it was. This class–leading subcompact crossover SUV, which is already one of the most agile, fun-to-drive vehicles in its segment, features a number of enhancements that further increases the gap between the Mazda CX-3 and its competition.
One of the most welcome upgrades are this SUV’s redesigned seats, which are now about as ergonomically advanced as automobile seats can be. Speaking of seats, full leather upholstery is available for the first time in this subcompact marvel. Another in-cabin improvement is the significantly increased storage area, made possible thanks to the incorporation of a space-freeing electronic parking brake.
Every Mazda CX–3 near Olympia, WA already features an exceptional SKYACTIV®-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, but Mazda Motor Corporation has gone ahead and upgraded this power plant’s exemplary fuel efficiency and refinement. On the subject of this newly enhanced powertrain, the Mazda brand also introduced the new SKYACTIV®-X, the world’s first commercially available gasoline compression-ignition engine. This groundbreaking power plant will be introduced with the 2019 model lineup, and the Mazda brand expects it to be 20 – 30 percent more efficient than the current engine.
The changes made to the 2019 Mazda CX-3 and the introduction of the SKYACTIV®-X engine are part of a broader initiative called Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 (SZZ 2030). With SZZ 2030, the Mazda brand has set an ambitious goal of seeing its vehicles’ 2010 CO2 emission levels reduced by 50 percent when 2030 arrives. An aggressive target indeed, but if anyone is up to the challenge, it’s Mazda Motor Corporation.