mazda 2 mal spec 1a

It looks like things are speeding up towards the local market introduction of the 2015 Mazda 2ASEAN production of the fourth-gen DJ began at the AAT plant in Rayong mid-September, and the Thai-assembled hatch made its regional debut in Jakarta last week at the IIMS 2014.

Now, one of the Bermaz dealers has teased the car by announcing that bookings have opened for it, with first deliveries scheduled to begin early next year. Tentative pricing for the hatch has also been offered – at RM87,XXX, this falls in line with Bermaz’s aim to price the car under RM90k.

Of interest is the mention of an indicative pricing for the sedan version of the 2, tagged at RM85,XXX – it’s on the cards, yes, but the car hasn’t been unveiled yet. The sedan was spied on test recently, so it might be that an official introduction isn’t far away. As far as show debuts go, it’s Bangkok next year if it doesn’t appear at the Thai Motor Expo in December.

mazda 2 mal spec 2a

The tentative spec-sheet states that a single engine version will be offered for the 2, the same as in Indonesia – this is a 1.5 litre direct-injected SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol mill, good for 115 PS at 6,000 rpm and 148 Nm at 4,000 rpm, paired with a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. No manual option to be found here, as before.

As far as specifications go, all indicators point to us getting a variant identical to the mid-level R Spec that will be sold in the republic. Kit includes a seven-inch LCD touchscreen as part of the MZD Connect infotainment system, DRLs, i-stop automatic start/stop system, leather seats and auto air-conditioning.

Also on, pretty much the same kit as seen on the Indonesian R Spec – items bandied include leather seats, a reverse camera and paddle shifters as well as 16-inch alloys wrapped with 185/60 rubbers (on the IIMS display, these were Dunlop Enasave 300+ eco-tyres).

Mazda 2 R Spec IIMS 1

And, like the Indonesian versions, the Malaysian Mazda 2 will come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and traction control. There’s quite a marked difference in the pricing of the car in both markets, of course – in Indonesia, the 2 will go on sale with prices ranging between Rp. 225-270 million (RM61,000-RM73,200).

Closer to home, two ads for the new Mazda 2 Skyactiv on our sister classifieds website have appeared, listing the hatchback for RM87,670 and RM88,000 respectively.

We’ve of course driven it – read Jonathan Lee’s impressions of the Mazda 2 from the test drive in Japan back in August. The gallery below of the Indonesian R Spec variant, meanwhile, offers a good indication as to how the Malaysian specification car will shape up.

Mazda 2 R Spec (Indonesia)