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Here it is, the new Mazda CX-3. These first photos of the new zoom-zoom baby SUV has found their way onto the internet ahead of the SUV’s debut at the LA Auto Show this week. Looks sharp doesn’t it?

The design language is very recognisable as Mazda’s, but this isn’t just a Mazda 2 on stilts with off roader plastic bit tacked on. The front grille is larger, with horizontal chrome bars. The taller front end allows space for the number plate to sit below the grille, not in it. The headlamps have a less curvy shape here. The roof has a ‘floating’ design thanks to gloss black applied to the rear pillar area.

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The interior is largely derived from the Mazda 2’s, but we think there’ll be some changes to the seat height for more commanding driving position. The design isn’t exactly the same though – look at where the dashboard meets the front door cards – the area surrounding the door handles look different.

The CX-3 already has a few competitors in Malaysia – the Peugeot 2008 and the Ford EcoSport. Honda will be launching the HR-V next year, and we think that one will make quite an impact to the market. There’s no doubt Mazda will be bringing the Mazda CX-3 to Malaysia, it’s just a question of when and how much.

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