Just 500 examples of the range-topping model will be built.

A new, limited-edition version of the Mazda CX-3 will go on sale at the beginning of June, the Japanese company has announced.

Limited to just 500 units, the CX-3 GT Sport Nav+ will cost a little over £24,000 and represents the pinnacle of the small SUV’s line-up. Sitting above the currently range-topping Sport Nav+ model, the newcomer will provide buyers with a host of new styling touches and extra equipment.

Externally, the special-edition car comes with free Jet Black Mica, Ceramic Metallic or Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint, each of which is complemented with some extra brightwork. The door mirror covers get a silver finish, while the front and rear bumpers feature some matt silver “trim garnish” on their lower sections.

2019 Mazda CX-3 Sport Nav+

Inside, the GT Sport Nav+ gets red leather seats with white inserts, and the dashboard and doors feature soft-touch white trim. There’s a little extra kit, too, in the shape of the memory function for the power-adjustable driving seat.

Aside from the colours, though, your only real option is the choice between the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. You don’t even get a choice of engines, leaving you stuck with the 2-litre, 119 bhp petrol engine. As it does without a turbocharger, it doesn’t have that much power for its size, but it’s still fruity enough for a 119 mph top speed and 0-62 mph in nine seconds flat. It’ll do 42.8 mpg, too, although the automatic version is both slower and less economical than its manual sibling.

2017 Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s managing director for the UK, Jeremy Thomson, said the addition of a special-edition premium variant would chime with the brand’s customers.

“Over 75 percent of the CX-3’s we sell in the UK are Sport Nav+ models, so our customers love the combination of premium quality and style the high-grade versions of this excellent small SUV deliver,” he said. “The launch of the GT Sport Nav+ adds a standout special edition model, which brings the generous equipment, distinctive looks and enhanced value that discerning crossover buyers are looking for.”

“Plus, with the suite of well-considered updates the CX-3 range received last year, the Mazda CX-3 has the style, quality and driving dynamics to remain at the top of this most demanding of segments.”

The CX-3 GT Sport Nav+ will go on sale on June 1, with prices starting at £24,095 for the manual and rising to £25,095 for the automatic.

Gallery: 2019 Mazda CX-3