2019 Mazda 3 arrives Malaysia in Liftback and Sedan versions

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2019 Mazda 3 arrives Malaysia in Liftback and Sedan versions



The new, breathtaking Mazda 3 arrives Malaysia in both the jaw dropping Liftback and Sedan versions, with either the 162hp 2L or 118hp 1.5L Skyactiv-G engines. They both get Mazda's Skyactiv's 6 speed auto and G-Vectoring Control Plus vehicle motion driving tech.







This cutting edge 7th-gen model shows off the KODO Design language with its controversial "single-motion" overall form, coupled with its clever interplay of light and shadow. Prices ranges from RM140K to RM160k for the top of range Liftback 2.0 High Plus








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Bloody expensive!
So their pitch is the Mazda 3 drives better, has higher build quality than the competition, unbeatable cockpit, posses perfection in many aspects including panel gap, smoothness, straightness, even down to ensuring every button clicks the same way.

If true, would that change your impression?
 

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Too expensive. Bermaz must be smoking some heavy stuff. RM140k and up? And it’s the same carryover Skyactiv G? Wow. Just wow.

Thinking it’s gonna sell based on the looks eh?
 

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So their pitch is the Mazda 3 drives better, has higher build quality than the competition, unbeatable cockpit, posses perfection in many aspects including panel gap, smoothness, straightness, even down to ensuring every button clicks the same way.

If true, would that change your impression?
Not really. Those are good but not first priority for this type of car/segment.
 

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Mazdas have always driven well, built well and have never been known to be cheap. Yet people still buy them.

My only thought is that C-pillar is bloody massive. Wouldn't that make for an incredibly huge blind spot?
 

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Too expensive. Bermaz must be smoking some heavy stuff. RM140k and up? And it’s the same carryover Skyactiv G? Wow. Just wow. Thinking it’s gonna sell based on the looks eh?
I think it's a case of them knowing its going to be unavoidably more expensive than the competition, will be relatively low volume, accepting the fact, having faith in the excessively obsessive Mazda engineering philosophy, still import it to satisfy discerning customers, then enjoy a bit of marketing boost should the Mazda 3 deliver that form of exclusivity it promises
 

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Mazdas have always driven well, built well and have never been known to be cheap. Yet people still buy them. my only thought is that C-pillar is bloody massive. Wouldn't that make for an incredibly huge blind spot?
Quite massive in fact, will be trying the car out real soon so let's see. Would you consider the rear view camera which it potentially has, problem solved? Or you need that viewing access for general driving?
 
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Not really. Those are good but not first priority for this type of car/segment.
I was quite attracted by their vision for this car, it felt like a cult seminar, hearing about the lengths taken to build it, the pursuit for perfection, driver focusness and if I go on, is going to sound like an ad.

Will give it a go very soon so let's see if power can ever be secondary
 

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Quite massive in fact, will be trying the car out real soon so let's see. Would you consider the rear view camera which it potentially has, problem solved? Or you need that viewing access for general driving?
General driving. Because as it is in a Myvi a whole motorcycle can disappear from view at the right angle from behind. Reversing to park is never a problem! Look at the Countach, when there's a will theres a way. But for blindspots when driving it's hard to avoid.
 

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I was quite attracted by their vision for this car, it felt like a cult seminar, hearing about the lengths taken to build it, the pursuit for perfection, driver focusness and if I go on, is going to sound like an ad.

Will give it a go very soon so let's see if power can ever be secondary
How does it compared to Lexus?
 

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it is said to have very low cabin noise. tom please check.
Sadly still on old engine.
And also it's no longer a performance car. It's a fun to drive couple car i may say
 

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Notice that the width of body is marginally smaller which was discovered by one of the car reviewers in UK when they placed 3 adults at the passenger seat. With the smaller windows all around, I guess the car will feel a bit "darkish" inside
 

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General driving. Because as it is in a Myvi a whole motorcycle can disappear from view at the right angle from behind. Reversing to park is never a problem! Look at the Countach, when there's a will theres a way. But for blindspots when driving it's hard to avoid.
Will be surprised if these things aren't ironed out when producing cars in this day and age but Will try to check that part out, if it's at all severe
 

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Notice that the width of body is marginally smaller which was discovered by one of the car reviewers in UK when they placed 3 adults at the passenger seat. With the smaller windows all around, I guess the car will feel a bit "darkish" inside
It did feel a bit darkish when I sat in the rear, I wouldn't call it tight at this early point, more like cosy, to a certain point, even quite special
 

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it is said to have very low cabin noise. tom please check.
Sadly still on old engine.
And also it's no longer a performance car. It's a fun to drive couple car i may say
You say "old engine" but if you compare with the competition, it's the newest engine of the lot right?

Will be surprised if these things aren't ironed out when producing cars in this day and age but Will try to check that part out, if it's at all severe
Yeah well - Merc and some of the other brands have opted for "blind side" indicators to keep drivers informed rather than making it easier to see overall.
 

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You say "old engine" but if you compare with the competition, it's the newest engine of the lot right?


Yeah well - Merc and some of the other brands have opted for "blind side" indicators to keep drivers informed rather than making it easier to see overall.
The Civic 1.5 Turbo isn't that old right? The engine and transmission. But omg 1.5L Skyactiv G... lol can't outrun a Myvi 1.5L

I think it's a case of them knowing its going to be unavoidably more expensive than the competition, will be relatively low volume, accepting the fact, having faith in the excessively obsessive Mazda engineering philosophy, still import it to satisfy discerning customers, then enjoy a bit of marketing boost should the Mazda 3 deliver that form of exclusivity it promises
RM140k for the 1.5L is really weak.. objectively a very poor proposition to its peers. Subjectively, it is undeniable that it is a looker, with a very nice cabin.

But keep in mind in other markets it is priced in line with its peers like Civic, whereas here its priced dearer than its competitors.

Again, let's see how the market responds, but the previous Mazda 3 was a very good value and my friend bought one at my recommendation and he is very happy with the purchase.
 
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