While the Honda HR-V runs practically unchallenged at this point in time, we know for sure that some of you are already counting the days till the Mazda CX-3‘s Malaysian debut. While Matt, our Associate Editor is on a field trip visiting Mazda’s headquarters in Japan testing out the newly launched MX-5, he stumbled upon what we think is the most handsome B-Segment SUV to date, with pictures to keep us sated for the time being.
This particular CX-3 is of the clean diesel variant, one that’s powered by Mazda’s 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D engine clad in XD Touring L Package trimmings. It’s finished in Mazda’s revered and signature paint job – Soul Red Metallic.
We expect the Malaysian-bound CX-3 to share most of the features seen on this very model, of which includes the LED daytime running lights and swanky 18-inch rims. We’re also told that the crossover will be very highly specced, so we can look forward to having leather seats, HUD, MZD Connect System with reverse camera, 7-inch touchscreen display, keyless entry and push-start button.
The interior, if you’re already well acquainted with the Mazda2 (click here to find out on all the Mazda2 Skyactiv-D’s goodness), is pretty much identical save for additional buttons on the steering wheel which controls speed limit and cruise control.
Now, at its arrival, the CX-3 may only be introduced with the 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine that makes 162 hp and 210 Nm of torque, sending drive to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic torque converter gearbox. There’s no word on whether or not the peppy diesel engine will make its way here, but let’s just keep our fingers crossed for now.
So what will it cost to own one? We’ve reported earlier that the fully imported (from Japan) model will carry a price tag between RM120k to RM125k, putting it well above the top-of-the-line HR-V. But take a step back and consider this; highly efficient and powerful direct injected engine, great amenity kit, unrivalled good looks and fun to drive.
If you’re not in a rush to get a brand new compact SUV, you might want to hang on to that chequebook for just a few more months. For all you know, it might just be worth the wait.