Mazda has confirmed that it will build special-edition versions of the new CX-3 and the Mazda2 supermini.
Dubbed Black+ Edition, the special trim levels will be limited to just 500 examples per model and offer unique styling touches, as well as extra on-board equipment.
The Mazda2 Black+ Edition, for example, is based on the currently range-topping SE-L Nav+ with the 1.5-litre, 89 bhp petrol engine, but it’s set apart by its 16-inch black alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and black roof spoiler.
Priced at £15,795, it comes with free-of-charge Machine Grey Metallic, Dynamic Blue Mica or Deep Crimson Mica paint - any of which would normally be an optional extra.
Like the smaller Mazda2, the CX-3 Black+ Edition is based on the top-of-the-range trim level of the CX-3 small SUV. Announced earlier this year, the car has not yet been launched, but Mazda has already given it the special-edition treatment.
For 2018, Mazda has updated the CX-3’s cabin, adding a new centre console designed around an electric parking brake, which takes up less room than a traditional manual lever. Because of this change, the controls for the multimedia display on the dashboard have been moved forward, while there’s now a padded centre armrest atop a console storage box.
Further interior updates include modified seats, which use new foam cushions to provide extra support, while a rear armrest has been added to improve comfort for rear passengers.
The cabin has also been improved to make it quieter than before, with the addition of new door sill trims, thicker sound insulation in the doors and enhanced rear glazing.
Under the skin, yet more work has been done to make sure the CX-3 drives as it should. New springs and dampers have been fitted to improve the ride and handling, while the electric power steering has been recalibrated.
Along with these upgrades, the special-edition CX-3 Sport Black+ adds black leather seats, a black rear spoiler and black door mirror caps. With the 119 bhp petrol engine on board, the car costs £22,195 and gets extra goodies in the shape of 18-inch silver alloy wheels, chrome side and bumper trim, front parking sensors, a reversing camera, a heated steering wheel and a head-up display.
However, customers can spend an extra £1,000 on an automatic transmission, should they so choose.
Commenting on the latest special-edition models, Mazda UK’s sales director, Peter Allibon said, “Both the Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 have been updated this year and with the introduction of a pair of standout special edition models, which bring the generous equipment, distinctive looks and the enhanced value discerning small car buyers are looking for, I think our 2018 Mazda2 and 2018 Mazda CX-3 ranges are more attractive than ever.”
The Japanese company’s UK managing director, Jeremy Thomson, added: “Ever since its launch in 2015, the CX-3 has hit the right spot with our customers and the 2018 model builds on this success with its well-considered updates. And as with all our special edition models, the Sport Black+ adds a standout distinctive model to the line-up.”