Mazda 3 CKD High Spec 3

The locally-assembled (CKD) Mazda 3 is now on display at Mid Valley Megamall as well as in showrooms nationwide (including in hatchback form), and this marks its official launch in Malaysia.

Three CKD Mazda 3 variants will be available – GL Sedan, high-spec Sedan and Hatchback, all with 2.0 litre SkyActiv engines and six-speed autos. The GL Sedan is the base CKD Mazda 3. It gets 205/60 R16 alloys, halogen projector headlamps, fog lamps, bulb-type tail lamps, manual fabric seats, manual air-con, piano black dashboard trim, i-Stop (stop/start), MZD Connect, ABS/EBD/BA, DSC and six airbags. It also gets a reverse camera, which was not available on the higher-end CBU car.

The high-spec Sedan has all the CBU car has (215/45 R18 alloys, auto bi-xenon headlamps with AFS, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, auto single-zone air-con, navigation, shift paddles, keyless entry and start), except for only two things: i-Eloop regenerative braking and a sunroof.

But there’s so much gained, including a power-adjustable driver’s seat, auto wipers, cruise control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, head-up display, ‘high-spec’ instrument panel (central rev counter with digital speedo), aluminium trim and leather seats (which were actually added to the CBU car at some point).

And that’s not all – the high-spec Sedan now boasts features under the i-ActivSense active safety umbrella. You get High Beam Control, Smart City Brake System (autonomous braking, 4-30 km/h), Rear Vehicle Monitoring and Lane Departure Warning.

The mid-spec Hatchback’s kit list is somewhat in the middle – it gets the high-spec Sedan’s 18-inch alloys, auto air-con, navigation, shift paddles, auto bi-xenons, LED DRLs and tail lamps, AFS and keyless entry and start, but like the GL Sedan, it has manual fabric seats, manual wipers and no i-Activsense, auto-dim rear-view mirror nor head-up display.

Mazda 3 Hatchback (left), Mazda 3 Sedan GL

Blue Reflex Mica, Meteor Grey Mica, Aluminium Metallic and solid Arctic White (replacing the previous Snowflake White Pearl Mica) body colours are available – sadly, the distinctive Soul Red makes an exit here. SkyTint film is now a RM1,900 option.

Locally-assembled in Kulim, Kedah, the CKD Mazda 3 is priced as follows – GL Sedan RM106,105, high-spec Sedan RM121,105 and Hatchback RM121,105. These prices are OTR with GST before insurance, for metallic colours (for solid colours, minus RM400). In comparison, the CBU 2.0 Sedan cost RM139k at launch before the introduction of GST dropped it to RM135k.

Mazda 3 CKD range spec sheet (left), Mazda 3 CKD versus CBU specs

CKD Mazda 3 Sedan GL

CKD Mazda 3 Sedan

CKD Mazda 3 Hatchback