No less than six new models will be introduced to Malaysia in the coming months, beginning with the Skyactiv-D models scheduled for launch on 20 July 2016. According to Mazda Malaysia, the diesel powered CX-5 and Mazda6 models will be the first two to arrive, followed by the possible introduction of Mazda2 and CX-3 diesel.
The CX-5 Skyactiv-D will be locally assembled (read our report on the CKD CX-5 petrol), whereas the Mazda6 will remain as a fully imported unit from Japan. The SUV should cost around RM159k, making it just RM8,000 more than the 2.5-litre 2WD variant (now priced at RM151k). Powering the CX-5 diesel is the one and only 2.2-litre four-cylinder Skyactiv-D engine making 173 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque, and it’s paired to a six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission driving the front wheels.
It’s the same formula for the Mazda6; a 2.2-litre, six-speed front-wheel drive setup – an option that will cost RM197k (the same as the 2.5-litre petrol), before insurance. Joining the Mazda6 diesel is the Mazda6 Touring variant, but no pricing has been mentioned. If trend is anything to go by, Mazda Malaysia typically sells the Touring at a RM10,000 premium over the same-spec sedan. Again, the Mazda6 is fully imported from Japan, just in case you can’t digest its asking price.
As for the compact models, the Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 diesel (powered by the sole 1.5-litre Skyactiv-D engine) will make their debut on 20 July, but their actual launch date and prices have yet to be confirmed.
Two other models are a little more niche, and they are none other than the Mazda MX-5 RF and all-new Mazda CX-9. The hard-top roadster will finally come with a manual transmission, one that’s paired to the same 2.0-litre petrol powering the soft-top. If you don’t fancy the stick, the MX-5 RF will also be available with an automatic.
Those who have been lamenting on the lack of Soul Red Metallic option for the current CKD cars, fret not, because their assembly plant in Kulim, Kedah will be renovated and come with a brand new paint shop.