Bermaz Motor has confirmed that it no longer has any more units of the CX-3 to sell. In Japan, the model has been replaced by a new facelift model since May. As our local CX-3 models are imported from Japan, we can expect the new CX-3 to make its local debut soon.
The CX-3 used to sell for RM 126,775 (without GST, SST or insurance). Although it looks very similar to the outgoing model, Mazda says the new CX-3 features significant changes beneath the sheet metal, adopting parts of Mazda’s latest SkyActiv Vehicle Architecture, and an improved engine.
In time, all upcoming new generation Mazda models will be based on a completely new SkyActiv Vehicle Architecture platform.
Mazda says the improvements made to the CX-3’s structure allow for a quieter and more comfortable ride, thanks to revised suspension tuning, newly developed factory-fitted tyres with compound materials that are tailored specifically for the CX-3, as well as front seats with higher-damping urethane borrowed from the higher range CX-8. The G-Vectoring Control and electric power steering systems have also been improved.
The new CX-3 is differentiated from the pre-facelift model by a new design front grille, front fog lamps, LED rear combination lamps, and aluminum wheels.
Inside, the mechanical parking brake has been replaced with an electric button-operated unit. The adoption of an electric parking brake (EPB) has freed up more space to allow the fitting of a centre armrest and a console box – addressing the biggest criticism of the pre-facelift model’s cabin.
The cabin is also said to be quieter thanks to thicker front and rear door outer panels, thicker rear window glass, and improved door seals.
The 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G naturally aspirated petrol engine also adopts the same improvements seen in the all-new CX-5, with edge-cut piston heads and high-dispersion injectors that improve torque delivery and fuel economy.
In terms of safety, the revised Japanese market CX-3 adds an updated version of Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS) with enhanced ability to detect pedestrians at night. It also has a 360-degree camera. The Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) adds a Stop & Go function, which can now bring the vehicle to a complete stop. However the availability of these features in overseas market models may vary.
However the additional improvements also mean that there will be a small increase in prices. We expect the new CX-3 to debut in Malaysia after September, once there’s more clarity on the implementation of the revised Sales and Services Tax (SST).