We’ve waited quite some time for the locally assembled Mazda3 to hit our showrooms, especially so for those who have been wanting to get their hands on the popular Japanese C-Segment car but were disheartened by the CBU’s RM139k asking price.
|Name||Mazda3 2.0L Sedan (GL)||Mazda3 2.0L Sedan (High spec)||Mazda3 2.0L Hatchback|
|Engine||1,998cc; inline-4 cyl, DOHC, direct injection||1,998cc; inline-4 cyl, DOHC, direct injection||1,998cc; inline-4 cyl, DOHC, direct injection|
|Transmission||6-spd SkyActiv-Drive auto||6-spdSkyActiv-Drive auto||6-spdSkyActiv-Drive auto|
|Max Power||162 hp @ 6,000 rpm||162 hp @ 6,000 rpm||162 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Max Torque||210 Nm @ 4,000 rpm||210 Nm @ 4,000 rpm||210 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|Price (OTR without insurance)||RM105,705.30 with GST||RM120,705.30 with GST||RM120,705.30 with GST|
Now, the Kulim-assembled Mazda3s are between RM19,000 to RM35,000 cheaper, depending on the variant of your choice. We’ve paid particular attention to the hatch, simply because the good-looker shares the same price tag as the high spec sedan. Also because the hatch is being offered for the first time since the new Skyactiv-based Mazda3 was introduced last March.
A quick glance over the spec sheet will read as such: manual fabric seats, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, single-zone auto air conditioning, MZD Connect System with 7-inch toucscreen display, six-speakers, keyless entry and push-start button.
Under the bonnet resides the same 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine that makes the same numbers as before – 162 hp at 6,000 rpm and 210 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Also carried over is the six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic gearbox, driving the front wheels.
If you’re having trouble deciding which to buy between the hatch and the high spec sedan, do click on the video above to find out what we think will best help you justify your choice, or click here to read Najdi’s full review of the hatch. As always, enjoy watching!