Mazda has announced the prices and specs for its updated CX-3, with models starting from £18,995.

The revised model features a new 1.8-litre diesel engine, while a limited edition Sport Black+ trim will be available.

The exterior revisions are hardly noticeable, with the CX-3 featuring a revised grille, as well as darker side sills, which are said to give it more of a “coupe-like profile”. The Japanese firm’s renowned Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint is also available.

A simplified trim line-up now features, with the buyers now having the option of SE Nav+, SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav+ trim.

The Sport Black+ special edition is limited to 500 units, with these models featuring a black leather interior, a black spoiler and mirror caps and free metallic paint. The limited run model can be ordered from October 1, with the standard model reaching showrooms on October 31.

But Mazda says it’s the cabin where most of the upgrades have been made, as it features a more ergonomic interior design. An electric handbrake replaces a manual lever, while several instruments have changed position to help improve the user experience.

The front seats are now more comfortable thanks to improved cushioning, while rear passengers now benefit from an armrest housed in the middle seat. Further sound proofing has also been added to help deliver a more refined driving experience.

Debuting on the new CX-3 is a new 1.8-litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine, which replaces the previous 1.5-litre unit, and is compliant with the latest Euro 6D emissions standards.

Jeremy Thomson, Mazda Motors UK managing director, said: “Ever since its launch in 2015, the CX-3 has hit the right spot with our customers, and seen this small SUV become Mazda’s second best-selling car in Europe.

“The 2018 model builds on this success with its well-considered updates, and means that the CX-3 has the style, quality and driving dynamics to remain at the top of this most demanding of segments.”