Mazda CX-3 Updated With Slightly More Kit In Malaysia

Most of the kit added this time round with the CX-3 has been added into the lower-tier trims. 

While Mazda may not be launching anything particularly new anytime soon, its Malaysian distributor however has been busy keeping the lineup as fresh as they can with a flurry of incremental updates across the range. The 6 sedan and 3 hatchback had theirs a couple months back, and this time it is the turn of the CX-3 compact crossover and 2 subcompact. 

Discussing the recent update with the CX-3 here first (with those interested in the 2 could possibly click to its own article here), new to this compact crossover from this most recent refresh is a new wheel design and colour for its top-of-the-line High variant, as well as a few new tech toys lower down in the range. 

These aforementioned tech toys include LED Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, Autofold wing mirrors and rear parking sensors, which have since made its way onto the 1.5L Plus and 2.0L Plus variants of the CX-3. These trims also are now equipped with paddle shifters and wireless Apple CarPlay integration, which is accessible through the existing 8.0-inch Mazda Connect central touchscreen infotainment display.

Additionally, the 1.5L Plus and 2.0L Plus variants now have their airbag count bumped up to 6 (from 2) and nets a whole host of i-Activsense safety features that were previously exclusively available in the 2022 Mazda CX-3 2.0L High trim. These ADAS kit include High Beam Control (HBC), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS).

There are nevertheless still some kit that is still to be exclusively available in the top-end trim, with the 2.0L High variant packing rear LED lamps, Qi Wireless Charger, powered sunroof and 360˚ view monitor. A Platinum Quartz hue is also specific to this top-spec CX-3, though the newly-introduced Aero Gray colour is to be available on the rest of the lineup too. 

Both 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines on offer with the CX-3 are currently paired to a 6-speed SkyActiv Drive automatic transmission. The smaller capacity SkyActiv-G four-pot puts out 114 hp at 6,000 rpm and 149 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, while its larger counterpart has an output of 154 hp at 6,000 rpm and 206 Nm of torque at 2,800 rpm.

The New Mazda CX-3 comes as CBU from Thailand with three variants currently on offer. These three trim levels and its selling price are as follows: 

Mazda CX-3 1.5L Plus: RM 115,720

Mazda CX-3 2.0L Plus: RM 126,159

Mazda CX-3 2.0L High: RM 139,159

Now to those who may have had an ear on the ground for CX-3 news, it may have been picked up that the base-spec Core variant has since disappeared from this updated lineup. Mazda has not yet officially commented about the culling of these trim levels, but has instead stated that the aforementioned models are currently open for bookings right now. 

Mazda is also currently touting for the CX-3 to come with a 5-year Manufacturer’s Warranty and 5-year Free Maintenance according to the manufacturer’s standards, inclusive of labour, parts and lubricants. Both Manufacturer Warranty and Free Maintenance have a coverage period of five years and a mileage of 100,000 km, whichever comes first.

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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