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We’re reporting to you live from the 2015 NST-MAI ASEAN Auto Show, where the Mazda CX-3 is currently on display. That’s right, the long-awaited B-segment crossover SUV finally makes landfall on Malaysian shores but keep in mind that this is merely a preview, not a launch.

Nonetheless, what you’re looking at here is indeed the car we will be getting, with tentative prices from RM130k to RM135k. According to sources within Bermaz, only one variant of the Mazda CX-3 will be offered and the crossover will officially make its launch debut on December 8.

We’ve also been told that only 2,000 units will be fully imported (CBU) from Japan initially and there are no plans to bring in any units from neighbouring Thailand, where the CX-3 is also produced, and more recently launched. However, there are considerations to locally-produce (CKD) the crossover, which could be good news for us.

Under the hood, a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine that provides 146 hp and 192 Nm of torque powers the CX-3. Mazda’s i-Stop engine idling stop system is also present here. The SkyActiv-G engine is paired to a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic gearbox, sending drive to the front wheels.

On the outside, the Mazda CX-3 exhibits the brand’s Kodo styling language. In this specification, the crossover gains LED projector headlights with high beam control and LED DRLs, 18-inch five twin-spoke wheels (with 215/50 R18 sized tyres) in a gunmetal finish and silver painted exterior trim pieces.

Inside, the CX-3 packs an impressive kit list starting with black leather-fabric combo upholstery. Also fitted is the MZD Connect multimedia unit linked to a seven-inch touchscreen display. A Commander Control switch located on the centre console, as in the Mazda 2, controls the system.

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To allow a bit of the outdoors into the car, there is also a powered sunroof. Meanwhile, the driver benefits from a heads-up display (HUD), paddle shifters, as well as keyless entry and ignition.

Safety-wise, the CX-3 is well sorted here, packing six airbags (front, side and curtain) along with the standard array of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction control and anti-lock brakes with EBD, brake assist and hill launch assist. We’ll unfortunately miss out on the i-ActivSense suite (Smart City Brake System, Rear View Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning etc.) of active safety features.

We’ve already had a go in the Mazda CX-3 in Australia and you can read our review here. For now, what do you think of the latest entry in the crossover SUV segment?