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Alongside the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda 6 diesel models, Bermaz is also showcasing the Mazda CX-3 1.5L SkyActiv-D at the official launch event. Unlike the other two, this car isn’t available for sale just yet – the vehicle shown here is one of the two evaluation units that will test the suitability of the car for the market.

Instead of the 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D twin-turbo diesel engine on the CX-5 and Mazda 6, the CX-3 makes do with a smaller 1.5 litre mill with a single variable geometry turbocharger. Outputs are rated at 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm, sent through the front wheels through a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

The compression ratio is slightly higher than on the 2.2 litre mill, at 14.8:1; however, that’s still a very low figure for a diesel engine, and contributes to reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, improved fuel economy and lower weight compared to a typical oil-burner. As such, the engine meets stringent Euro 6 emissions standards – crucially, without resorting to expensive aftertreatments like urea injection.

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This particular car is a Japanese-market model in top-spec XD Touring L guise, and hence looks nearly identical to our 2.0 litre petrol model. Fitted to this car are self-levelling LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, LED tail lights and 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels. One omission from the local spec is a sunroof, which is not offered on JDM models.

Inside, there’s keyless entry, push-button start, automatic air-conditioning, a head-up display, leather and suede upholstery and the MZD Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen and Commander Control knob – pretty much the same kit as on the petrol model.

Safety-wise, the JDM diesel model is differentiated from our car through the inclusion of i-ActivSense driver assist systems, including Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), High Beam Control (HBC) and even Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC). Also included are six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

So, when will the Mazda CX-3 diesel be launched in Malaysia? Well, Bermaz has been rather mum on its plans, with no details yet on specs, prices or even an estimated launch window. However, the company has said that it will gauge public opinion before deciding to bring the car here, so what do you guys think? Sound off in the comments section after the jump.