2016 Mazda CX-3 Dynamic Blue Mica 2

During the launch of the Mazda CX-3, it was reported that Bermaz was looking to locally assemble (CKD) the CX-3 here in Malaysia at its Kulim plant. It has been almost a year since then, and the company has said that the likelihood of that happening is very slim.

A Bermaz spokesperson confirmed that the “CX-3 is definitely not going to be locally assembled for the time being.” Currently, the Honda HR-V rival comes fully imported from Japan, where it is produced at Mazda’s main plant in Hiroshima.

Offered in a sole variant, the CX-3 is priced at RM131,158.30 (on-the-road without insurance), and powered by a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine that outputs 154 hp at 6,000 rpm and 204 Nm of torque at 2,800 rpm. The engine is mated to a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic gearbox, driving the front wheels.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Dynamic Blue Mica 9

The Inokom plant in Kulim currently assembles the CX-5 and 3, with the former being one of the more popular models in Mazda Malaysia’s range of vehicles. With the reveal of the all-new CX-5 recently, the company could place more emphasis on preparing the plant for producing the larger SUV (instead of the CX-3), although that could still be a long way to go.

As we’ve seen in the past, CBU units of the CX-5 were first offered to Malaysians before the CKD version was introduced. Production of the new model has since begun in Hiroshima, and will first go on sale in Japan in February 2017, before rolling out to other markets.