During the launch of the Mazda3 facelift and MX-5 RF, Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh, CEO of Bermaz Motor has hinted to the media that they will be introducing the second-generation CX-5 as soon as Q4 this year. Mazda’s most popular mid-sized SUV will also be locally assembled at their manufacturing plant in Kulim, Kedah.
The new CX-5 will be powered by the same SkyActiv engines – the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol mills as well as the 2.2-litre turbodiesel. Output figures remains unknown for now but we know that the engineers have extensively tweaked the powertrains for better fuel economy and refinement.
The updated 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine will come with High-Precision DE Boost Control that gives a more direct acceleration response while the Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control helps reduce the diesel rattle. As for the 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine, it now features new asymmetrical oil rings that reduce mechanical friction along the cylinder walls, contributing to improved real-world fuel economy performance.
The six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission will also feature a new shift control scheme that monitors vehicle speed, throttle position and engine rpm to predict the driver’s intentions and reduce unnecessary gear shifts for smoother vehicle behaviour. G-Vectoring Control (GVC) that improves handling and reduces body roll around corners is also fitted as standard in this new CX-5.
Elsewhere, the new CX-5 benefits from a sleeker exterior and a refreshed interior as well as a new Soul Red Crystal paint. The cabin is now quieter with improved levels of insulation and comfort.
Prices for the second-generation Mazda CX-5 in Japan range from ¥2,462,400 (RM96k) to ¥3,526,200 (RM138k). Hopefully when it comes here, the pricing can be maintained. The SUV dogfight is entering its final stage with Honda launching their new CR-V Turbo, Hyundai with their turbocharged Tucson and the Peugeot 3008.