The Mazda3 is here, but it’s not quite ready for prime time just yet. However, models are already being displayed in a showroom in Malaysia, with the previous generation SkyActiv-G line of engines. No word on SkyActiv-X in South East Asia yet.
The base model in Malaysia comes in the sedan body style, and it is equipped with the 1.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder that develops 118 hp and 153 Nm of torque. This unit comes equipped with a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. The headlights in this model are LED projector lamps with bulb-type DRLs. The rear lights are an all LED affair and it comes standard with a 7-inch TFT LCD digital instrument cluster.
The Mazda Connect infotainment system comes to you through an 8.8-inch touch screen. A heads up display also comes standard. Sport mode is also present here, along with automatic brake hold and an electronic parking brake.
The 2.0L SkyActiv-G engine can be had in a sedan or hatchback body style. Called the 2.0 High Plus, this variant can be had with 18-inch wheels, LED DRLs front and rear, as well as a 10-way power driver seat on top of the aforementioned features in the 1.5L base model. Driver assistance systems are aplenty here in the High variant such as: Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), High Beam Control (HBC), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keep Assist System (LAS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), and Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC).
Safety features for all variants come as standard. An anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA), hill launch assist (HLA), dynamic stability control (DSC), as well as seven airbags help keep the driver safe in the event of an accident.
There is a chance that we may see a similar variant lineup populating showrooms here in Metro Manila soon. Mazda Philippines may have just released its updated Mazda6, but we are certain that the Japanese marque’s compact offering is just bidding its time and waiting for the right time to appear in showrooms. Hopefully soon, since neighboring nations are getting these models earlier than us.