We’re still a few days away from the launch of the 2019 Mazda 3, but with the C-segment model already on display, let us take you on a tour of the first entry in the Japanese carmaker’s next-generation product line-up.

Just like the previous third-generation model, the fourth one will continue to be offered as a sedan and hatchback. Both follow Mazda’s latest Kodo design philosophy, which was previewed by the Vision Coupe and Kai Concept, although they are each distinctively styled.

For our market, we get three variants and depending on which you go for, you get one of two engines from the SkyActiv-G petrol range. Updates to the mills include new intake ports and piston shape, split fuel injection, and a coolant control valve for better performance and fuel economy.

The base variant – available in sedan and hatchback body styles – is a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder unit that makes 118 hp and 153 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the remaining two variants, 2.0 High (sedan only) and 2.0 High Plus (sedan and hatchback), get a 2.0 litre powerplant with 162 hp and 213 Nm. All engines send drive to the front wheels via a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission.

On the range-topping High Plus, you get 18-inch wheels, full-LED headlamps and taillights, a seven-inch display in the instrument cluster, windscreen-projected head-up display, leather upholstery, 8.8-inch central display linked to a Mazda Connect infotainment system, eight speakers and a comprehensive suite of Mazda i-Activsense safety and driver assistance systems.

In terms of pricing, the base variant goes for RM139,770 on-the-road without insurance, and stepping up to the 2.0 High will set you back RM150,059. As for the High Plus, which gets all the goodies, the variant retails at RM160,059.

We’ve already had a chance to sample the new Mazda 3 in Japan not too long ago, and you can read our first impressions of the model here. There’s also a separate post that details many of the technological highlights of the car for further reading. Don’t forget to share your thoughts on the model in the comments section below.

2019 Mazda 3 Hatchback 2.0L High Plus

2019 Mazda 3 Sedan 1.5L