2015 Mazda CX-3 Archive

  • VIDEO: 2015 Mazda CX-3 vs Tokyo – video game style

    Mazda UK released a short brand film last week of the new Mazda CX-3 in its natural habitat, Tokyo. It’s beautifully shot, and brings a video game feel to proceedings as well. It’s a showcase of the vehicle’s features, such as blind spot monitoring, heads-up display, emergency brake assist, all-wheel drive and its adaptive front lighting system.

    We can’t wait for the launch of the all-new CX-3, as it is slated to arrive on our shores in the fourth quarter of 2015. It should give the Honda HR-V, Ford EcoSport and Peugeot 2008 a real run for its money.

    As we’ve reported before, only the CBU 2.0 litre variant will be brought in, and it should be priced under RM 130,000. We were told only one “very-highly-specced” front-wheel drive variant would be offered, with six airbags and a head-up display.

  • VIDEO: 2015 Mazda CX-3 plays the percussionist


    There’s much to talk about the 2015 Mazda CX-3. From its supposed Malaysian launch in July that has now been pushed back to Q4 of 2015 to reports of its order books of it opening way before its arrival and even the possibility of a diesel engine for the Malaysian market.

    So while there are plenty of news regarding the car, not much attention has been paid to the capabilities of the vehicle itself. As a result, Mazda UK has cleverly defied conventional methods to show off the CX-3’s abilities in this short spot. Instead of having it ply through scenic backroads or tidy-looking city centres, the 2015 Mazda CX-3 performs a drum solo. Yes, you read that right.

    You’re going to have to watch the feature itself to see how it’s done but we can guarantee that it is as straightforward as it sounds. For now, this is as close as (potential) Malaysian buyers can get to the CX-3 and its many talents until its aforementioned launch.

    Additional reports surrounding the local-spec Mazda CX-3 include the availability of a front-wheel drive CBU variant powered by a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine and a six-speed automatic. Extra goodies include six airbags and a head-up display with prices estimated to range between RM120k-130k.

    GALLERY: Australian-spec Mazda CX-3 Akari

  • Mazda CX-3, MX-5 to launch Q4, CX-3 diesel undecided


    More on upcoming Mazdas for Malaysia – Bermaz sources have told our sister site InfoKereta.com that the Mazda CX-3 is expected to launch together with the MX-5 in the fourth quarter this year. Previously, we were told that the SUV could begin deliveries in August, and the roadster probably in September or October.

    Recently, “tentative” specifications of a CX-3 1.5 SkyActiv-D diesel appeared on Facebook, leading us to suppose the oil burner could make it here. But the latest word is that Bermaz is still undecided on whether or not to introduce a diesel-engined CX-3 in Malaysia.

    The company has been studying and considering diesel for our market for some time, even displaying a Mazda 2 1.5 SkyActiv-D Sedan at the Mazda 2 launch event. Fingers crossed that the decision will swing in our favour!

    mx-5 02

    You’ve already heard that our MX-5 is expected to get a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine and a six-speed auto, with no manual gearbox option. Unsurprisingly, the company finds demand for a manual too low to justify its introduction, the source said.

    But here’s the really painful part: we’re told you won’t be able to indent/special order a manual from them either. Grey skies then, enthusiasts.

    The Mazda CX-3 is apparently open for booking in Malaysia at an estimated RM120k-130k price range, with a plethora of equipment expected, including six airbags and a head-up display. It and our MX-5 should come fully-imported (CBU) from Japan.

    Australian-market top-spec Mazda CX-3 Akari

    ND-generation Mazda MX-5

  • Mazda CX-3 1.5 diesel to be in Malaysia end of year?


    Is there a possibility for a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel-engined Mazda CX-3 to come to Malaysia? Apparently there is, as suggested by a Facebook user, who posted these “tentative” specifications. He mentions rumours that Bermaz could bring in the vehicle at the end of the year.

    If it’s indeed in the plans, our Mazda CX-3 diesel will be fully-imported (CBU) from Japan, just like the petrol, which isn’t even launched yet – although we’re really not far away now.

    The 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine will send 104 hp at 4,000 rpm and 270 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,500 rpm to only the front wheels (the petrol will be 2WD only, too) via a six-speed auto.

    “Tentative” Malaysian-market specs: Mazda CX-3 2.0 petrol (left) and 1.5 diesel

    Fine and dandy, but we’re more interested in the kit. And it seems it won’t disappoint – looks like the diesel will be just as well-equipped as the petrol, packing six airbags, DSC, TSC, cruise control, six speakers, keyless entry and start, leather seats and a head-up display.

    Also mentioned are 215/60 R16 alloys, i-stop start/stop, a rain sensor, LED headlamps, LED DRLs, fog lamps, reverse sensors, a seven-inch MZD display with Commander Control knob, Bluetooth, USB, AUX, internet radio and reverse camera.

    The same user also posted tentative specs for the CX-3 2.0 SkyActiv-G petrol, suggesting that if the diesel variant does make it here, it’ll share its generous equipment bag with the petrol variant. The CX-3 petrol is apparently open for booking at an estimated RM120k-130k price range, ahead of deliveries slated for August.

  • Mazda CX-3 ready to hit Europe – trims, mega gallery


    It’s been launched in Japan and Australia, and priced in the US; now the Mazda CX-3 is all set to hit the Continent, with five trim levels and three powerplant options announced. Orders are open, with deliveries set to begin next month.

    Europe gets Emotion, Challenge, Attraction, Revolution and Revolution Top trims – Britain calls them SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav, with few, if any, differences in kit.

    Even the most affordable variant gets quite a bit as standard – front-wheel drive, six-speed manual and 120 PS 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol, of course, but there’s start/stop, air-con, USB, steering wheel buttons, electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, push-button start, hill assist, tyre pressure monitoring and Dynamic Traction Control.

    Also available is a 150 PS version of the 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G, plus a 105 PS 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine. All-wheel drive and a six-speed auto are optional.

    Prices start from 15,290 euro (RM60,500) and 17,595 pounds (RM98,500) in the UK. The HR-V rival will start from the low-$20,000s (RM72,800) in the US, $19,990 (RM56,200) in Australia and 2,376,000 yen (RM70,200) in Japan.

    Not so rosy in Malaysia where pricing is concerned – our CX-3, which could be arriving either in July or August, is apparently open for booking and estimated to cost RM120k-130k. But it’s likely to be loaded with kit, including six airbags and a head-up display.

  • Mazda CX-3 open for booking – RM120k-130k est

    Mazda CX-3 Akari Oz 03

    A Mazda dealer has announced on its Facebook page that the Mazda CX-3 is open for booking, and in response to a user comment, has revealed an estimated RM120k-130k price range.

    We rang the dealer, who told us the cars are arriving in July, ahead of deliveries expected in August. This tallies with what Bermaz sources revealed to us in February.

    At the time, we were told only one “very-highly-specced” front-wheel drive variant would be offered, with six airbags and a head-up display.

    Fully-imported (CBU) from Japan, our car should have a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine and a six-speed auto. Do you think our Honda HR-V will have cause for worry?

    Oz-market Mazda CX-3 Akari – top-spec

  • Mazda CX-3 set to arrive in July – CBU Japan, 2WD, single variant, HUD and six airbags as standard


    Great news, Mazda fans! The Mazda CX-3 SUV will arrive here in Malaysia sooner rather than later, we’ve been informed. To take on the well-received Honda HR-V in the booming B-segment SUV market, the new CX-3 looks set to make its Malaysian debut in July 2015 – matching the timeline mentioned in a research paper earlier this year.

    Sources at Bermaz also revealed the Malaysian-bound compact SUV’s preliminary specs. Only one variant will be made available, apparently, but one that’s “very highly specced,” we were told. Imported from Japan, the front-wheel drive CX-3 will have six airbags and Mazda’s head-up display as standard, among others.

    No official indication on pricing yet, but the previous research paper did forecast a sub-RM130,000 entry point. If so, that will make it appear competitive next to the RM120k Honda HR-V 1.8 V. Don’t forget too, of course, that the CX-3 will have a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

    So folks, will it be the HR-V or the CX-3?

  • Mazda CX-3 to launch in July – CBU 2.0, sub-RM130k


    According to a CIMB research report, the Mazda CX-3 is expected to launch in Malaysia in July, to rival the Honda HR-V, Ford EcoSport and Peugeot 2008. This is earlier than the end-2015 timeframe previously indicated by RHB Research.

    The report says that initially, only the CBU 2.0 litre variant will be brought in, and that it’s expected to be priced under RM130k. By way of comparison, the top-spec Honda HR-V is estimated to cost around RM120k, while the Ford EcoSport and Peugeot 2008 are priced at RM93k-104k and RM120k respectively. The report adds that Malaysia is the only ASEAN country that has been given the rights to distribute the CX-3 so far.

    Unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Mazda 2-based high-rider is expected to launch in Japan in March. Confirmed engines include a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel and a 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol, mated to either six-speed manual or SkyActiv-Drive auto ‘boxes. Front- and all-wheel drive versions will be available.

    Excited yet? In the meanwhile, check out the detailed image gallery below.

  • Mazda CX-3 – new B-segment SUV officially unveiled

    Hours after the first pictures of the Mazda CX-3 have been leaked onto the Internet, Mazda has finally let the cat out of the bag. Based on the latest Mazda 2, the new B-segment crossover made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, going on sale beginning in Japan in the spring.

    The exterior styling features a development of Mazda’s now-familiar Kodo design language, with a slightly more angular look than preceding models. There are chrome slats on the front grille, rugged plastic body cladding with chrome trim on the lower rocker panels, an aggressive downward character line sweep aft of the front fenders and blacked-out D-pillars that give an impression of a “floating” roof.

    As we noted before, the interior is almost identical to the Mazda 2’s cabin, save for an undoubtedly higher seating position, some minor trim changes and different door card designs. The 2’s interior is one of the nicer places in the segment to sit, however, so it’s probably another case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

    Details regarding the CX-3’s mechanicals remain scarce, but it is confirmed that it will be offered with either Mazda’s new 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine or the 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G petrol. A choice of between a six-speed SkyActiv-MT manual or SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmissions will be offered, as well as either front-wheel drive or the company’s next generation all-wheel drive system.

    The CX-3 will be facing stiff competition upon its arrival on our shores, which is expected to be at the end of next year. The Peugeot 2008 and the Ford EcoSport have already been launched, with the Honda HR-V also slated to be coming next year. So, which one you’d pick – CX-3, 2008, EcoSport or HR-V?

  • Mazda CX-3 – first photos leak ahead of LA debut


    Here it is, the new Mazda CX-3. These first photos of the new zoom-zoom baby SUV has found their way onto the internet ahead of the SUV’s debut at the LA Auto Show this week. Looks sharp doesn’t it?

    The design language is very recognisable as Mazda’s, but this isn’t just a Mazda 2 on stilts with off roader plastic bit tacked on. The front grille is larger, with horizontal chrome bars. The taller front end allows space for the number plate to sit below the grille, not in it. The headlamps have a less curvy shape here. The roof has a ‘floating’ design thanks to gloss black applied to the rear pillar area.


    The interior is largely derived from the Mazda 2’s, but we think there’ll be some changes to the seat height for more commanding driving position. The design isn’t exactly the same though – look at where the dashboard meets the front door cards – the area surrounding the door handles look different.

    The CX-3 already has a few competitors in Malaysia – the Peugeot 2008 and the Ford EcoSport. Honda will be launching the HR-V next year, and we think that one will make quite an impact to the market. There’s no doubt Mazda will be bringing the Mazda CX-3 to Malaysia, it’s just a question of when and how much.


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Last Updated 22 Jul 2021