According to an early order guide, Mazda has discontinued Touring and Grand Touring trims, leaving just the entry-level Sport. At the same time, Mazda is adding new standard equipment to make the CX-3 an even more value-oriented option in its lineup.
No major changes are coming in terms of styling, although Mazda's order guide shows the Sport will gain automatic headlights and daytime running lights that use LED technology for a more premium look and better efficiency. Drivers will also benefit from the addition of rain-sensing wipers.
Inside, the updated CX-3 will support both Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, a welcome relief for shoppers looking for the latest connectivity. The 2020 CX-3 will also feature automatic climate control. That said, the loss of higher trims means that options like leather seats will no longer be available in any CX-3 and require an upgrade to the CX-30.
Under its hood, the CX-3 will continue to feature a 2-liter naturally-aspirated engine paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The powerplant makes 148 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, quite a bit less than the new CX-30 and its 2.5-liter mill that makes 186 hp and 186 lb-ft.
Safety tech will see the biggest changes with the inclusion of features previously optional with the i-Activsense Package. As a result, the CX-3 will gain features like automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control with stop & go capability, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and more.
Expect a full review closer to launch.