More on upcoming Mazdas for Malaysia – Bermaz sources have told our sister site InfoKereta.com that the Mazda CX-3 is expected to launch together with the MX-5 in the fourth quarter this year. Previously, we were told that the SUV could begin deliveries in August, and the roadster probably in September or October.

Recently, “tentative” specifications of a CX-3 1.5 SkyActiv-D diesel appeared on Facebook, leading us to suppose the oil burner could make it here. But the latest word is that Bermaz is still undecided on whether or not to introduce a diesel-engined CX-3 in Malaysia.

The company has been studying and considering diesel for our market for some time, even displaying a Mazda 2 1.5 SkyActiv-D Sedan at the Mazda 2 launch event. Fingers crossed that the decision will swing in our favour!

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You’ve already heard that our MX-5 is expected to get a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine and a six-speed auto, with no manual gearbox option. Unsurprisingly, the company finds demand for a manual too low to justify its introduction, the source said.

But here’s the really painful part: we’re told you won’t be able to indent/special order a manual from them either. Grey skies then, enthusiasts.

The Mazda CX-3 is apparently open for booking in Malaysia at an estimated RM120k-130k price range, with a plethora of equipment expected, including six airbags and a head-up display. It and our MX-5 should come fully-imported (CBU) from Japan.

Australian-market top-spec Mazda CX-3 Akari

ND-generation Mazda MX-5