Updated Mazda CX-3 Debuts In Malaysia With More Kit

This mildly updated Mazda compact crossover now features more safety and connectivity tech. 

Mazda has recently updated its CX-3 over here in Malaysia. Although the exterior overall design and powertrain remains identical to when it first arrived three years ago, this fully-imported compact crossover nevertheless now features more connectivity and active safety tech than ever before. 

Starting off with the safety enhancements first, this updated CX-3 crossover now comes as standard with the Mazda’s i-Activsense safety suite. Thereby adding useful driver aids like High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) for the Front & Rear to the originally available Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). 

Moving onto the connectivity improvements, Mazda has finally made Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration standard into its 7-inch central infotainment touchscreen. Elsewhere in the interior meanwhile, a new leatherette-fabric seat upholstery has been added too as part of this mild update for the CX-3. 

As for the exterior, while the sharp sillouette remains virtually unchanged, some new exterior features like a power sunroof, a 360° surround view camera system as well as front parking sensors have found its way onto this updated CX-3. Additionally, there is also a new Polymetal Gray exterior hue that now joins the four existing colour lineup that consists of Soul Red Crystal, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crystal Blue and Machine Grey. 

Open for bookings now at all Mazda dealerships nationwide, this mildly updated CX-3 is only available in a sole 2.0L High variant and is set to retail from RM 130,729.00 (inclusive of SST exemption). All models will come as standard with a 5-year/100,000 km manufacturer warranty, not to mention an equally long free maintenance package which is ‘inclusive of labour, parts and lubricants’. 

Interestingly enough, these updated CX-3s will only land locally sometime in July. Nevertheless, Bermaz Motor has pledged that customers who make their bookings for this enhanced compact crossover from now till the 31st of June 2021 will still be entitled to the SST exempted price as stated above. Something for customers to really consider doing quickly, as this currently reduced price tag represents a not-insignificant cost saving seeing as this compact crossover does come fully imported from Japan. 

PRESS RELEASE: With a sense of adventure at every turn, the 2021 Mazda CX-3 is ready to venture into the urban landscape. The 2021 Mazda CX-3 compact crossover SUV is updated with more connectivity and advanced safety features. Developed with Mazda’s striking design philosophy, athletic driving dynamics, and perfect driving position, the Mazda CX-3 offers an engaging package for urbanites who don’t settle for the conventional. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 has been updated with a modern, stylish cabin with well-appointed standard features such as Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, new leatherette-fabric seats and 360° View Monitor being new standard features for the 2021 model. Other premium standard features include an Active Driving Display, a seven-inch, full-colour touchscreen display with Mazda Connect™, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio, and a six-speaker audio system. These features can be safely accessed through the multi-function commander knob or steering wheel-mounted controls.

Exterior aesthetics for the Mazda CX-3 includes an All-LED exterior lighting as standard, such as headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights. To add function to form, the LED headlights have automatic on/off and automatic levelling capabilities. The CX-3 is styled with 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels, a roof spoiler, shark fin antenna, dual stainless-steel exhaust outlets, and an understated black front grille design that brings great depth and distinction. Newly added exterior features include a power sunroof as well as front parking sensors.

An urban lifestyle accompanies a need for safety. Standard safety technologies in the Mazda CX-3 include 6 SRS Airbags (Front Driver & Passenger, Side and Curtain), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), and Hill Launch Assist (HLA). The Mazda CX-3 also comes with a suite of i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features, including Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Newly added advanced safety features include High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) for the Front & Rear.

In terms of powertrain, the 2021 Mazda CX-3 comes in the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine, which produces 154 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 206 Nm of torque from just 2,800 RPM for a spirited drive. The engine is paired with SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-Speed Automatic transmission with Manual Shift mode. In addition, the engine offers smooth, linear acceleration and a premium performance driving feel complimented by Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology.

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 is CBU from Japan. The color line-up includes Soul Red Crystal, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crystal Blue, Machine Gray, and the newly added Polymetal Gray; making a total of 5 colors available. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 is now open for booking and will be arriving in July 2021. Selling price for the vehicle starts from RM 130,729.00, which is inclusive of the 50% Sales Tax Reduction (SST) on CBU models and will be valid from 1st March 2021 to 30th June 2021. Customers who place the booking from now until 30th June 2021 will be entitled to the SST exemption price before the model arrives in Malaysia.

The model comes with a 5-Years Manufacturer Warranty + 5-Years Free Maintenance according to 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 limit of 100,000km, whichever comes first.

Mazda vehicles are more than a mode of transportation – they are created to be part of the journey and enrich people’s lives through a vehicle ownership experience that celebrates driving and to become a brand that creates an emotional bond with its customers. Fuelled by an abiding thirst for challenge and uncompromising belief, Mazda designers and engineers infuse their passion into their work to evoke an emotional bond between the brand and its customers. These efforts to further enhance the driving experience are all seen in the continuous improvements in the 2021 Mazda CX-3 and allowing it to delight customers and enrich their lives.

Joshua Chin

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

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