The last official word from Malaysian Mazda distributor Bermaz on the new Mazda 3 was in November last year, where the sedan bodytype was previewed at 1 Utama. Although the car on show was an Australian spec 2.5 litre car, Bermaz said the Malaysian-bound CBU car will have a 2.0 litre engine, with an estimated price of RM139k. No specs were mentioned.
Thanks to an estimated price and specs list posted by a Mazda dealership in Sungai Besi onto their Facebook fan page yesterday, we now have an idea of what kind of specs the CBU version of our Mazda 3 will have. Notable equipment includes six airbags, smart keyless entry and push start, I-Stop (automatic start/stop when stationary) and I-Eloop (an implementation of regenerative braking).
No stability control is mentioned but the car could have it and the lack of mention could just be an omission on the part of the spec sheet, since stability control seems to be standard along with a full suite of airbags in recent Mazda launches.
Curiously, the car is listed with a seemingly low price of RM128k. But then RM6k is added in the form of ‘standard accessories’, which along with OTR costs brings the price up to RM135,159.00. Add on a RM3,776.50 insurance premium and you get an OTR price including insurance of RM138,935.50, which is pretty much the indicative RM139k price mentioned earlier.
The dealership adds that lucky early bookings will get their cars delivered before the CNY holidays. We tried out the Mazda 3 recently – read our review here: Mazda3 third-gen 2.0 and 2.5 test drive review.