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by Matt Campbell

The Mazda CX-3 is set to be updated within weeks, with the Japanese brand’s small SUV set to receive a raft of changes.

There’s no visual update to the baby Mazda SUV, and while exact details for Australia are still to be confirmed, the line-up is set to see the across-the-board adoption of Mazda’s G-Vectoring system, which changes the engine’s torque output to different wheels to make it handle more precisely.

A release out of the UK says the updated Mazda CX-3 builds on the platform set by the big-selling small crossover “with technology upgrades to both Mazda’s i-Activesense safety systems and the SkyActiv-D diesel engine”.

The 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine features a new turbo-lag reduction system called Transient Control, which Mazda claims “ensures a more positive throttle response by reducing turbo lag and boosting torque to deliver a petrol-like engine feel”. The engine is also said to be quieter, and petrol models get new engine mounts “that reduce resonance entering the cabin”.

The i-Activesense safety tech includes Mazda’s autonomous emergency braking system, which now has pedestrian detection. Unlike the previous version, which used infrared sensors only, the new version has a forward-facing camera. It can warn the driver of imminent collisions up to 80km/h, and will apply brakes to avoid crashes at up to 50km/h.

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Mazda has also made revisions to the car’s suspension, with revised front and rear dampers and new bushings, which the brand clams improves ride quality.

Changes to the electric steering tune are said to “improve precision and linearity of the steering”, while “overall, controllability during cornering and straight-line stability has been improved, while at the same time better ride quality and reduced cabin noise have enhanced occupant comfort”.

Inside there’s a new steering wheel for all models, and the brand has obviously taken some of the feedback from CarAdvice (and other media) to heart, adding extra sound deadening in the dashboard, tailgate, transmission tunnel and boot.

Expect some models to gain heated auto-folding side mirrors, and high-end versions may gain a heated leather steering wheel and colour head-up display (rather than the pop-up monochrome projector).

Australia

CarAdvice has contacted Mazda Australia for comment. We know, however, that the updated model will be on sale within weeks, and we’ll be attending the launch of the new model in the coming fortnight.

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