Mazda has announced a flagship GT Sport special edition and technology updates for its successful CX-3 compact SUV. Limited to 500 cars the 120ps 2WD GT Sport features extra equipment and unique styling additions.

When launched in 2015, the Mazda CX-3 bought new levels of sophistication, style and equipment to the growing small SUV market. The updated Mazda CX-3 builds on this with technology upgrades to both Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems and the SKYACTIV-D diesel engine. Available in all trims is the choice of either SKYACTIV-MT manual or SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmissions.

The new CX-3 also benefits from the introduction of G-Vectoring Control (GVC) which varies engine torque when cornering to optimise the loading on the wheels and provide more precise handling. It also has the added advantage of improving the overall comfort of the drive.

“The Mazda CX-3 was the fifth model in our new-generation line up,” said Michio Tomiyama, Mazda CX-3 Program Manager. “We wanted to make a compact crossover SUV that would support customers’ creative lifestyles. The model has been very popular thanks to its unique and stylish design and it was a top-three finalist for the 2016 World Car Design of the Year award.”

All models in the revised Mazda CX-3 range feature a new steering wheel and enhanced cabin refinement. On the exterior, the aero kit enhances the coupe-like profile and sharp lines, with cool silver inserts, black rear roof spoiler and 18-inch silver alloy wheels.

“Many people tell us that they bought the CX-3 after falling in love with it at first sight,” continues Tomiyama. “This update ensures the CX-3 will continue to resonate with cutting-edge customers who feel strongly about their cars, as a result we redoubled our efforts to enhance the quality feel of the CX-3.”