Mazda 3 And CX-30 Get Stylish New Special Editions

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Say hello to the Smart Edition and Black Tone Edition models.

Last week, Mazda unveiled the peculiarly named Mazda CX-3 Super Edgy Edition for the Japanese market, although the relatively minor upgrades didn't live up to the name. Now, the Japanese automaker has revealed two new special-edition models based on the Mazda 3 and CX-30: the Black Tone Edition and the Smart Edition.

Like the Super Edgy Edition, the Mazda 3 and CX-30 Black Tone Editions are only available in Japan. Previously available only for the Mazda CX-5, the Black Tone edition features door mirrors finished in gloss black and aluminum wheels painted in metallic black for a sportier look. Red stitching is applied to the seats, center console, and dashboard. In Japan, pricing for the Mazda 3 Black Tone starts at 2,365,000 yen ($20,814), while the CX-30 Black Tone starts at 2,662,000 yen ($23,428).

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In addition, Mazda is launching a new Smart Edition trim for Mazda 3 and CX-3 models equipped with the e-Skyactiv X engine, which combines a 2.0-liter compression-ignition gasoline engine with a 24-volt AC synchronous motor producing a combined 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This unit is not available in the US, but America's 2021 Mazda 3 and CX-30 are available with a more potent 250-hp 2.5-liter turbo.

The Smart Edition trim adds an array of driver assists to the equipment list including adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, a lane keep assist, a high beam control system that automatically switches between low and high beams if oncoming traffic is detected, and a blind-spot monitor.

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Pricing for the Mazda 3 X Smart Edition starts at 2,790,741 yen ($24,563), while the CX-30 X Smart Edition starts at 2,887,500 yen ($25,417).

Ironically, the Black Tone models aren't available in black, but two new exterior colors are available for the Mazda 3 Sedan in Japan: Platinum Quartz and Polymetal Gray Metallic. The latter is already offered on certain US models. Mazda has also modified the exhaust intake and silencer to make the engine sound more aggressive during acceleration and improved the throttle response of the Mazda 3 and CX-30. In Japan, the Mazda 3 and CX-30 Black Tone and X Smart Edition will go on sale in November. The Black Tone's enhancements sound similar to the Carbon Editions available for the CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6 in America, so we'll have to wait and see if the Mazda 3 and CX-30 also get the Carbon Edition treatment.

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