In Japan, the second generation Mazda CX-5 is enjoying an early head start, because bookings for the new SUV have shot up to 9,055 units since they’ve begun taking orders last December.

Approximately 49 percent of CX-5s sold are the L Package, which comes with leather seats as standard. The new Soul Red Crystal Metallic is also the most popular choice of colour, accounting for 31 percent of the total orders. The next popular colour is Machine Grey Metallic – about 17 percent.

The attempt of incorporating an upmarket look has certainly paid off, then. According to, Mazda’s Global PR Manager, Hidetoshi Kudo said the brand believes in combining fun-to-drive characteristics with premium looks. This creates a deeper bond between car and driver.

Expect the all-new CX-5 to arrive on our shores late this year, if not in 2018. Let’s hope by then the CKD plant will be able to produce both the Soul Red Crystal and Machine Grey metallic paints.