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This is the moment that you’ve (hopefully) been waiting for. Prices for the Mazda CX-3 crossover will start from RM131,218 (OTR without insurance) according to a price list that was put up in the Mazda CX-3 Club Malaysia Facebook page. Only a single variant will be offered for the CX-3 (CBU from Japan).

The Mazda CX-3 will make its official launch debut on December 8, and was recently previewed at the 2015 NSI-MAI ASEAN Auto Show. We were told at that time that the car on display would reflect the exact specification that Malaysians will receive, and that prices will be around the RM130k to RM135k. With this reveal, that appears to hold true.

The same is said about the CX-3’s standard equipment and features as well. Listed on the price list includes 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/50 R18 tyres, LED automatic headlamps with Mazda’s adaptive front-lighting system (AFS), LED daytime running lights, front and rear fog lamps, dual exhaust tail pipe, automatic wipers, a sunroof and power-folding side mirrors.

During the crossover’s preview, we weren’t allowed inside the CX-3’s cabin to get a better look. Nonetheless, the standard plethora of Mazda equipment including the MZD Connect system with a seven-inch LCD display, Commander Control and linked to the integrated reverse camera was clear for all to see.

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Also part of the car’s standard kit is a multi-function leather steering wheel (tilt and telescopic adjustable), paddle shifters, leather suede upholstered seats, Smart Keyless system (with engine push start), heads-up display (HUD), and drive selection switch (Sport mode).

Under the hood, a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine that provides 146 hp and 192 Nm of torque powers the CX-3. The SkyActiv-G engine is paired to a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic gearbox, sending drive to the front wheels only (2WD). Mazda’s i-Stop engine idling stop system is also present here as well.

Safety-wise, the CX-3 has nearly all the bells and whistles. With 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, the crossover is certainly well-equipped.

Unfortunately, we’ll miss out on the i-ActivSense suite (Smart City Brake System, Rear View Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning etc.) of active safety features. We reckon that tagging on these safety features will hike the price further.

Also listed are optional accessories including a RM1,270 Mazda navigation system that is in the shape of an SD card that is inserted into a designated slot, similar to that offered on the Mazda 2. There is also a safety tint dubbed Skytint that will set you back RM1,900. Colour options are said to include the brand’s iconic Soul Red Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue, Meteor Grey, Jet Black and Crystal White Pearl.

We’ve benn told during the preview that only 2,000 units of the CX-3 will be fully imported (CBU) from Japan at first, with no plans to bring in any units from Thailand, where the CX-3 is also produced, and more recently launched. However, there are considerations to locally-produce (CKD) the crossover, albeit not concrete plans for now.

What do you think of the Mazda CX-3’s pricing? Will you be interested in putting down a booking for the long-awaited rival to the hugely popular Honda HR-V? We’ve driven both crossovers already and have shared our thoughts on them. Let us know your choice and why in the comments below.

GALLERY: Mazda CX-3 preview at the 2015 NSI-MAI ASEAN Auto Show