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It’ll be at least another three to four months before it makes its local market debut, but you can get up close and personal with the 2014 Mazda 3 right now – a sedan example is currently on display at the ‘Mazda Motorshow’ in 1Utama. The brand isn’t participating at KLIMS13, so this is the only place to catch the car.

The display unit is actually an Australian specification 2.5 litre automatic model, brought in by Bermaz to tease the third-gen 3. In essence, what’s on call looks like a relatively high-spec variant.

Kit on the Oz-spec vehicle includes an i-stop system, heads-up display, Bose audio system, blind spot monitoring (BSM) and an adaptive front-lighting system (AFS), and the interior features faux carbon fibre trim as well as red stitching for the seats, steering wheel and gearknob. There’s no reverse view monitor, tyre pressure monitor and lane departure warning, but it’s still pretty loaded.

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According to Bermaz, the indicative pricing for the Malaysian-bound Mazda 3 is RM139k, and we’ll of course be getting the 2.0 SkyActiv variant of the car, which will be CBU fully-imported from Japan.

The Malaysian market will get four exterior shades to choose from, these being Meteor Grey, Crystal White Pearl, Titanium and Soul Red. Bermaz has started collecting orders for the car, so if you want a closer look at how it shapes up in the metal, you know where to head to – the Mazda display at 1U runs until Sunday. No news on whether the hatch version will debut here at the same time as the sedan.

Click here to view the mega galleries of the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback.