Mazda CX-3 lead pic

Remember the story about the RM120,000 estimated pricing for the upcoming Mazda CX-3? It seems that the price tag is coming closer to fruition – an ad for the new Honda HR-V-fighting B-segment crossover on our sister classifieds site carries the same pricing.

According to the copy, the CX-3 will also come plenty well-equipped for the price, the fully-imported (CBU) SUV coming with a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G direct-injected petrol engine making 155 hp and 200 Nm, identical to the output found on the Mazda 6 and CX-5 (but slightly down on the 3‘s 162 hp/210 Nm); it’ll be mated to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

Listed standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, four disc brakes, push button start, an i-stop automatic start-stop system, the MZD Connect touchscreen infotainment system, heads-up display, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Hill Launch Assist (HLA).

The only anomaly concerns the airbag count – the copy lists both dual airbags and six airbags, which could indicate different trim levels with airbag count being the main differentiator (we sure hope not).

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We’re also expected to give active safety systems such as High Beam Control (HBC), lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, Rear View Monitoring (RVM) and Smart City Braking Support (SCBS) – all optional in many markets – a miss this time around.

Originally, Bermaz sources intimated that the CX-3 was to be available in a sole high-spec front-wheel drive variant, but the previous newsletter indicated that there will also be an all-wheel drive model in the range. Tentative specifications revealed on Facebook also lists a possible option of an equally well-specced 104 hp/270 Nm 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D turbodiesel variant.

It was initially reported that the SUV could begin deliveries in August, but the latest indication (from last month) was that market introduction is set for sometime in the fourth quarter this year, where it will join the local Mazda line-up together with the highly-anticipated fourth-gen MX-5 roadster. With the rising hoopla surrounding the new model, however, we wonder if that still holds true…