Yesterday, we saw it on a north-bound transporter, opening the question as to whether it would be also in the showrooms. Turns out it is – the 2014 Mazda 3 you see here is on display in Glenmarie, and offers the first comprehensive take of the Malaysian-spec CBU unit.

Nothing different than what was previously reported, when pricing and details emerged earlier in the month on the spec-level we’d be getting. Kit on the RM138,935 sedan includes auto air-conditioning, fabric seats, bi-xenons, a leather-wrapped steering, sunroof, reverse sensors and 18-inch alloys wrapped with 215/45 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx rubbers.


There’s also keyless entry/push-start ignition, a MZD Connect infotainment TFT colour display with GPS, a six-speaker audio system, i-Stop auto start/stop, i-Eloop regenerative braking and an adaptive front-lighting system.

It’ll be a while longer before the car is officially launched, but the thing is, you can now get up and close with it if you’re keen on one. If you’re heading to Glenmarie to check it out, a point to note – the particular 3 in the showroom has GPS, but the map hasn’t been installed yet, we’re told.

We’ve driven the 2014 Mazda 3 – read our Australian test drive report on the Mazda 3.