The all-new Mazda 3 has yet to be officially launched in Malaysia, but the fourth-generation model is already on display at the Bermaz showroom in Glenmarie. As we’ve previously reported, the C-segment car comes fully imported (CBU) from Japan, and will be offered in three variants.
The base variant is available as a hatchback or sedan, and the latter is what’s being shown here. Under the bonnet, there’s a SkyActiv-G 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 118 hp at 6,000 rpm and 153 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, with power going to the front wheels via a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. Pricing for this variant starts from RM139,770 on-the-road without insurance.
Equipment-wise, the base variant comes with automatic LED projector headlamps with bulb-type daytime running lights, LED taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, single-zone manual air-conditioning, a seven-inch TFT-LCD digital instrument cluster display, an 8.8-inch central display linked to a Mazda Connect infotainment system with eight speakers, fabric upholstery, windscreen-projected head-up display, a soft-touch dash and door cards, plus manually operated front seats.
As for driving-related features, passive cruise control is also included, along with an automatic brake hold function tied to the electronic parking brake. There’s also a Sport mode switch that increases the throttle response while adjusting the shift points of the transmission.
Unfortunately, the middle 2.0 High variant – available only as a sedan – was not seen on location, but we know it retails from RM150,059. As the variant name suggests, this one gets a 2.0 litre version of the SkyActiv-G, which serves up 163 hp at 6,000 rpm and 213 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, also with an auto gearbox. The 2.0 High improves upon the base variant by adding on keyless entry, leather upholstery, a sunroof, frameless rearview mirror and dual-zone climate control. Unlike the base variant, there’s rear air-con vents present here as well.
We also got to see the range-topping 2.0 High Plus, which is priced from RM160,059, in hatchback guise, but the variant is also available as a sedan. This particular unit is finished in Polymetal Grey, which is a colour that is unique to the hatchback, and rides on larger 18-inch wheels compared to the 16-inch units on the base and 2.0 High.
The kit list for the 2.0 High Plus further adds to what the 2.0 High already comes with by including LED projector headlamps with a ring-shaped LED DRL signature (also on the taillights) for greater visual presence. Other improvements include a 10-way powered driver seat with two-setting memory function.
You’ll also get four front parking sensors, along with a full complement of Mazda i-Activsense safety and driver assistance systems. These include Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), High Beam Control (HBC), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keep Assist System (LAS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), the last item being the first time Bermaz has offered the driver assistance feature on a Mazda model.
In terms of safety kit, all variants come with traction control, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBA), emergency brake assist (EBA), hill launch assist (HLA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and seven airbags (front, side, curtain and a new addition being for the driver’s knee).
We’ll have complete specifications of every Mazda 3 variant when the model is launched on July 17, which is just a few days away. For now, do check out our gallery, deep dive and first impressions posts of the new Mazda 3, and tell us what you think of the equipment that comes with the variants on display?