Between March 2nd and 6th, the MPS variant of the Mazda3 will be shown at the “Mazda Motor Show” on the ground floor of the 1 Utama Shopping Centre, where the full Mazda model range will be seen, including the new CKD model and the existing Mazda2, Mazda5, Mazda6, Mazda8, MX-5, RX-8, CX-7 and CX-9.
Performance-wise, the 2.3-liter DISI Turbo petrol engine in the MPS produces 260 HP at 5,500 rpm and reaches the maximum torque of 380 Nm from as low as 3,000 rpm. The new-generation MPS sprints from 0 to100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.1 seconds and has an impressive top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
Bermaz Motors has also announced that the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback models will be assembled. In order to capture a bigger share of the local mid-size market, the models will most likely be equipped with the current 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter engines. Work has already begun last month at the Inokom’s assembly plant in Kedah, which will produce about 3,000 units per year. The final price of the locally-assembled product will be announced at the launch on March 2nd, but expect prices to be significantly lower than those of import models.