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Last week, the Mazda CX-3 was put on display as a preview ahead of its introduction here on December 8. It appears that those plans are still on track as the car was spotted near the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) Putrajaya branch.

These photos come courtesy of Derrick Lau from the Mazda CX-5 Club Malaysia (MCCM) Facebook group, showing the crossover SUV wearing the brand’s iconic Soul Red paint finish, along with 18-inch five twin-spoke gunmetal wheels.

We’ve already been told by sources within Bermaz that the Mazda CX-3 will only be offered in a sole variant, with prices expected to be around RM130k to RM135k.

The specifications listed for the sole variant includes a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine that provides 146 hp and 192 Nm of torque paired to a SkyActiv-G a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic gearbox, sending drive to the front wheels.

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Exterior features include LED projector headlights with high beam control with LED DRLs, and silver painted exterior trim pieces. Inside, the CX-3 gets black leather-fabric combo upholstery, MZD Connect infotainment unit, sunroof and a heads-up display (HUD).

The CX-3’s safety package includes six airbags (front, side and curtain), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction control and anti-lock brakes with EBD, brake assist and hill launch assist.

Initially, 2,000 units of the CX-3 will be fully imported (CBU) from Japan for sale here. Following that, Bermaz will consider the prospect of assembling the crossover locally (CKD) or to continue importing it.

The Mazda CX-3 enters the hotly contested B-segment crossover market that is currently occupied by the Honda HR-V, Ford EcoSport and more recently, the Renault Captur. Which do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments below.