2022 Mazda CX-3 launched in Malaysia – new 2.0L and 1.5L Core variants; now CBU Thailand; from RM108k

2022 Mazda CX-3 launched in Malaysia – new 2.0L and 1.5L Core variants; now CBU Thailand; from RM108k

Bermaz Motor has announced the availability of two new variants of the Mazda CX-3, with the 1.5L Core and 2.0L Core joining the existing 2.0L High that received an update in March this year. The expanded line-up has been known for some time as we reported on it back in last month, with details like specs and pricing sourced from Mazda Malaysia’s website.

Anyway, it’s all official now, and customers will have two more affordable options to consider if they want to purchase a CX-3. It should be noted that the crossover is now fully imported (CBU) from Thailand, where it is assembled by AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) at Mazda’s plant in Rayong – it was previously a CBU Japan model. Visually, the car looks the same as the facelifted model that arrived here in 2018, with equipment levels being one way to tell the variants apart.

The new base variant of the CX-3 is the 1.5L Core, which is priced at RM107,870 on-the-road without insurance. Unlike the other two, this gets the same Skyactiv-G 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine used in the Mazda 2, with outputs of 114 hp at 6,000 rpm and 149 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

2022 Mazda CX-3 launched in Malaysia – new 2.0L and 1.5L Core variants; now CBU Thailand; from RM108k

Going up to the mid-spec 2.0L Core at RM118,159, you get a 2.0 litre version of the Skyactiv-G that is also used in the 2.0L High. The larger-displacement engine provides 154 hp at 6,000 rpm and 206 Nm at 2,800 rpm, although fuel consumption takes a hit at 6.3 l/100 km instead of the 1.5 litre engine’s 5.7 l/100 km.

All engines are mated to a Skyactiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to the front wheels and feature idling start/stop technology. The powertrains also come with Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) that uses engine timing to control chassis dynamics for smoother, more accurate steering inputs.

Both Core variants get the same level of equipment, with their engines being the only thing justifying the RM10,289 price gap between them. Standard items include 16-inch alloy wheels (with 215/60 profile tyres) in place of the 2.0L High’s 18 inchers (with 215/50 profile tyres).

2022 Mazda CX-3 launched in Malaysia – new 2.0L and 1.5L Core variants; now CBU Thailand; from RM108k

In terms of lighting, it’s halogen projector headlamps instead of LEDs, and they are not joined by automatic on/off and levelling functions, LED DRLs (bulb-type instead) and LED fog lamps. You also won’t get rain-sensing wipers, auto-folding side mirrors and any parking sensors.

inside, the Core variants also miss out on the High’s head-up display, paddle shifters, Qi wireless charger and powered driver’s seat. The air-conditioning is also manually operated instead of being an automatic system, while fabric upholstery is used instead of leatherette to help hit those price points.

Familiar items from the High include powered side mirrors, keyless entry and start, an electronic parking brake, a multi-function steering wheel, passive cruise control, a 4.6-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster display, a selectable Sport mode.

2022 Mazda CX-3 launched in Malaysia – new 2.0L and 1.5L Core variants; now CBU Thailand; from RM108k

2022 Mazda CX-3 price list; click to enlarge

Elsewhere, the Mazda Connect infotainment system is the same as the one the High got during the March update. The system includes an eight-inch touchscreen, six speakers as well as support for wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay – only the High gets wireless CarPlay. A reverse camera is standard with the Core variants but there’s no 360-degree view monitor.

On safety and driver assists, the Core variants only get two airbags (the High gets six) and the usual array of passive systems (ABS, EBD, Dynamic Stability Control, traction control, Hill Launch Assist, brake auto hold, ISOFIX child seat anchors). Both are without the High’s active systems that were added during last year’s update, so there’s no autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, high beam control and driver attention alert.

2022 Mazda CX-3 spec sheet; click to enlarge

As for the High, it remains unchanged in terms of kit and price too at RM131,359, but there is one notable revision and that is colours. The palette now includes Soul Red Crystal, Snowflake White Pearl, Machine Grey, Polymetal Grey, Platinum Quartz and Jet Black, the last of which replaces the previously available Deep Crystal Blue.

The High’s colour options are also offered for the Core variants and each purchase comes with a five-year/100,000-km vehicle warranty and free maintenance package. There’s also an optional Activ-e film tint for an extra RM1,900 that can be added on to all variants. With three options to choose from, would you pick the CX-3 over other B-segment SUV/crossover models currently on sale?

GALLERY: 2022 Mazda CX-3 1.5L Core

GALLERY: 2022 Mazda CX-3 2.0L Core

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • dong gor on Oct 05, 2022 at 10:07 am

    really trimmed down to the core… why bother to pay 110k-120k for this car? just want a mazda badge? if need to squeeze to this level to afford it (not to say it’s any where near cheap also), you might as well pay for a cheaper brand car that is more equipped. really no point. BOO to bermaz

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    • Right? on Oct 05, 2022 at 10:23 pm

      Agreed. Seriously 2 airbags for the core @108k?

      I’m ok if no other accessories, but cmon Mazda, to ditch the basic safety for the sake of ‘cheaper variant’ doesn’t make any sense…

      Way more alternative than this. Think about it.

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    • You have no idea on Oct 06, 2022 at 9:12 am

      this fella does not get it.

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  • Jom Global on Oct 05, 2022 at 10:59 am

    DejaVu, like Proton Exora.


    2014 – 2022.
    Back to 2014?

    The compact SUV,
    Now low spec get 2 airbags, No 6 airbags.
    Now low spec use Mazda2 1.5L.

    Thailand – Mazda CX-3 2.0L starting 769,000 THB/RM 95,100.
    Japan – Mazda CX-3 1.5L starting 1925,000 yen/RM61,900.

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  • anonymous on Oct 05, 2022 at 11:14 am

    mazda malaysia honestly sucks. while the rest of the world gets active driver assist on all models including base, we are yet again left with tin kosong specs for every variant that isn’t the top spec. and to make matters worse, the top spec here isn’t fully loaded either. i find it quite unfortunate.

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    • Oh ho on Oct 06, 2022 at 9:16 am

      you still get the choice to choose the top variant wert.. what talking you.

      if every variant had tin kosong spec, what is the point of having variants? ppl get choice now. i’m actually glad this is here, coz i considered this car for the longest time and i don’t really care much for the fancy gadgets anyway.

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  • Bob Mal on Oct 05, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Considering when Mazda 2 launched back in 2020 for RM104k now this really makes the Mazda 3 at RM108k a bargain to die for and may probably takes some Honda HRV base customer down with it too since it is a directed injected vs port injected for Honda.

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    • The older Mazda with the Skyactiv Direct Injection is suffering from Carbon Build Up, more misfiring problem and heavier fuel consumption.

      Due to the way direct injection engines work, detergent and other cleaning agents added to fuel are unable to clean the port and valve as they should.
      It’s a low spec direct injection which missed out additional Port Injection like better Competitor’s DI-PI combo engines.

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  • @Snakebabu on Oct 05, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    I love this design but k’mon Mazda, a real dick move offering us such low specd’ options

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    • jimbo on Oct 06, 2022 at 9:18 am

      ppl should appreciate the design, engineering & driving qualities of the Mazda, before looking at all those fancy features.

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  • ROTI CANAI on Oct 05, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    2 airbags, seriously bermaz?

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  • seancorr on Oct 05, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Lol halogen lights and 2 airbags for over 100k. Bermaz still stuck in 2012

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  • Susahlah on Oct 06, 2022 at 9:49 am

    For those syok-sendiri Mazda fans that always describing their car as the Japanese Bimmer LMAO

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    • honda fanboy also syok sendiri of i-vtec thinking they driving vtec.

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  • The design looks incredibly dated plus poorly specced out. We won’t be seeing a lot of these on the road, hopefully this teaches Bermaz a lesson.

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