Mazda brought along several souped-up cars to the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon, based on all its latest metal. Among the machinery carted out at the Japanese tuner showcase is the Mazda CX-3 Racing Concept, a pumped-up version of the new B-segment crossover.

Exterior addenda include a bodykit with red accents, a red-trimmed grille, black extensions to the rear spoiler, B- and C-pillar appliqués with a carbon fibre pattern and some striking black-and-red graphics that adorn the white bodywork. A set of black 19-inch wheels wrapped in 225/45-section Bridgestone Potenza S001 rubber and hiding red brake callipers round off the look.

Inside, the CX-3 Racing Concept gains bucket seats with four-point harnesses, Alcantara upholstery, special floor mats and aluminium pedals. Lower height-adjustable suspension give the SUV a more road-hugging stance, while a racing air intake kit and a sports muffler round off the tweaks.

We’ll be getting the regular Mazda CX-3 soon, it seems – a CIMB investor’s report claimed that it will be launched in Malaysia as early as July, fully-imported with a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G engine and priced at under RM130k. Could this serve as an inspiration for future owners to tune their cars up, then?

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Mazda CX-3