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Great news, Mazda fans! The Mazda CX-3 SUV will arrive here in Malaysia sooner rather than later, we’ve been informed. To take on the well-received Honda HR-V in the booming B-segment SUV market, the new CX-3 looks set to make its Malaysian debut in July 2015 – matching the timeline mentioned in a research paper earlier this year.

Sources at Bermaz also revealed the Malaysian-bound compact SUV’s preliminary specs. Only one variant will be made available, apparently, but one that’s “very highly specced,” we were told. Imported from Japan, the front-wheel drive CX-3 will have six airbags and Mazda’s head-up display as standard, among others.

No official indication on pricing yet, but the previous research paper did forecast a sub-RM130,000 entry point. If so, that will make it appear competitive next to the RM120k Honda HR-V 1.8 V. Don’t forget too, of course, that the CX-3 will have a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

So folks, will it be the HR-V or the CX-3?

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