Mazda Malaysia/Bermaz Motor today brought forth the all-new Mazda3 for its anticipated domestic premiere, along with 2.5-liter CX-5 Compact SUV. The new Mazda3 now in its third generation is the third variant to attain the KODO – Soul of Motion design schematics and SKYACTIV Technology. Globally, the Mazda3 is offered in three versions; 1.5-liter SKYACTIV, 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter, and in either Sedan or Hatchback. Mazda M’sia has currently introduced the 2.0-liter Mazda3 Sedan for the domestic market due to the previous generation’s higher demand track record, however the hatch is slated to appear soon enough. (click to enlarge)

Mazda M’sia deemed the new Mazda3 as an EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicle) which essentially means the car carries the latest evolution and complete suite of the SKYACTIV Technology. At a glance, the five-point front grille remains the most recognizable element on the 3rd-generation Mazda3. At the same time, the sculpted hood, sleek headlights and combi. of indicator lights and rounded foglights add to the Mazda3’s bold front fascia characterization. The side of the new Mazda3 resembles its flagship sibling Mazda6 closest, though the wheel arches (front and rear) are slightly more protruding to impart a more dynamic outlook and shorter wheelbase. Additionally, the B- and C-pillar are a little more refined to match the flowing silhouette. The new Mazda3’s rear profile is defined by the combination lights with rounded accents, large skid plate area which connects the bumper and an angled windshield. For tyres and wheels, the imported Mazda3 is instilled 18-inch and 215/45 R18 7J tyre specifications.

Mazda3 features premium materials on the inside and the Mazda Connect

Black with chrome trimmings is the optimum choice for the new Mazda3’s interior. The Mazda Connect knob on the console activates the 7″ color touchscreen features and navigation. The suspended touchscreen panel also displays the vehicle’s multi-info such as; i-Stop, i-ELOOP, Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS). A driver-centric cockpit has been retained from the first two generations of the Mazda3.

A 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G powerplant is paired to a SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic to enable 162 hp at 6,000 rpm and 210 Nm at 4,000 rpm of torque. As part of the Sustainable Zoom-Zoom philosophy, the new Mazda3 is considered a fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive compact with the all-important driving dynamics features like, the i-stop which is incidentally the world’s fastest idle-stop system, i-ELOOP, and Mazda’s EDLC (Electric Double Layer Capacitor) or brake regenerative system that enables stored energy to power the car’s electrical equipment.

Stability and car handling perspectives rely on the front’s McPherson Struts and rear’s multi-link. While, the Ventilated front disc and solid rear disc ensure optimum stopping power.

The Mazda CX-5 2.5-liter is a step up of the existing SKYACTIV compact SUV 2.0-liter variant. This CBU (completely Built-up) version takes up the locally-assembled 2.0 High-spec CX-5’s equipment line-up, with the addition of an i-STOP start/stop system, sunroof and a nine-speaker Bose sound system, as well as exclusive 225/65 R17 wheels.

The compact SUV’s larger engine capacity provides 184 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Previously, the 2.0 CX-5 in 2WD and AWD versions have an output ranging between 152 – 153 hp and a torque of 200 Nm.

Getting up close and personal with the all-new Mazda3 and CX-5 2.5-liter

To get up, close and personal with the all-new Mazda3, CX-5 2.5-liter, Mazda6 and Mazda6 Grand Tourer, Mazda BT-50 and Mazda Biante, visit the Highstreet area of the One Utama Shopping Mall from today till Sunday. The new Mazda3 retails for RM 138,935 and the CX-5 in 2WD and AWD go for RM 166,594 and 176,797; all prices On-the-Road with insurance. Colors for the new Mazda3 are Soul Red Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Titanium Flash Mica and Meteor Grey Mica; CX-5 colors consist of Sky Blue Mica, Meteor Grey, Arctic White and Aluminium Metallic.