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Not long now before the Mazda CX-3 is launched in Malaysia on December 8, but we’ve been beaten to the post by Thailand – the Thai-assembled B-segment crossover makes its debut in the Land of Smiles at the 2015 Thai Motor Expo.

Unlike in Malaysia, where the car will be offered in a single high-spec 2.0 litre petrol trim, Thai buyers receive no less than five models to choose from. The range starts with the 2.0 E at 835,000 baht (RM98,900), followed by the 2.0 C at 910,000 baht (RM107,800) and the 2.0 S at 975,000 baht (RM115,500).

The top petrol model is the 2.0 SP, which retails at 1,045,000 baht (RM123,800), while the range is capped by the diesel-powered 1.5 XDL that costs 1,155,000 baht (RM136,800). The signature Soul Red Metallic paint costs an additional 10,000 baht (RM1,200), while Snowflake White Pearl is priced at 7,000 baht (RM800).

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All models get projector headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust outlets. Inside, push-button ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, AUX and USB ports as well as steering wheel audio controls are fitted as standard, while safety kit consists of dual airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction control, Hill Launch Assist (HLA) and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

The 2.0 C adds LED front fog lights, keyless entry, automatic air-conditioning and leather upholstery on the dashboard, door cards, seats, steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake, along with the MZD Connect infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen and Commander Control knob and six speakers instead of the usual four.

Step up to the 2.0 S and you’ll get 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, silver side panels, auto lights and wipers, a head-up display, leather and suede combination upholstery, navigation and a reverse camera.

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Both the 2.0 SP and 1.5 XDL are identical in spec and receive six airbags and the full iActivSense suite of active safety systems – High Beam Control (HBC), Active Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Smart City Braking Support (SBCS).

Engine options include a 2.0 litre high-compression, direct-injected SkyActiv-G petrol four-pot delivering 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 204 Nm at 6,000 rpm, along with a 1.5 litre low-compression SKyActiv-D turbodiesel pushing out 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm from 1,600-2,500 rpm. A six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission with a drive selection switch is standard fare on both, sending power to the front wheels.


GALLERY: Mazda CX-3 in Malaysia