The second-generation Mazda CX-5 has officially gone on sale in the UK, and customers can choose between the 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol or the 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D turbodiesel with two states of tunes. Curiously, the 2.5-litre petrol mill is not offered.
With the all-new CX-5, Mazda has further heightened the Jinba-Ittai philosophy to deliver greater driver engagement and comfort. NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) has greatly improved through use of additional sound deadening materials. The new model also boasts 15 percent stiffer torsional body rigidity compared to the first-gen CX-5.
First introduced in the Mazda3 facelift, Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) is now standard across the CX-5 range. Revisions have also been made to the steering, suspension and brakes, making the all-new SUV even more comfortable, refined and responsive than before.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G petrol engine has been revised to deliver 163 hp (up 8 hp). This petrol mill is mated exclusively to a six-speed SkyActiv-MT manual transmission and can only be had in front wheel drive layout.
The 2.2-litre diesel on the other hand, belts either 148 hp or 173 hp. The oil burners now feature Natural Sound Smoother technology that helps reduce start-up and idle vibration as well as Transient Control that sharpens throttle response. Both diesel engines can be had with a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual. The lesser version (148 hp) can be had in 2WD or 4WD, while the hotter one comes exclusively in AWD.
Mazda has taken an evolutionary step in design, incorporating design cues from the flagship CX-9. As standard, all variants of the CX-5 get full LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, Adaptive Front Lighting System and auto power folding wing mirrors. Entry level variants ride on 17-inch alloys while higher trims ride on 19-inch alloys finished in Gunmetal.
Also making its debut are two new optional paint colours – Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic. Both colours use Mazda’s Takuminuri painting technology (an advanced three-coat spraying technique that’s said to be as good as hand-painted finish). As compared to the Soul Red Metallic, the new Soul Red Crystal metallic has 20 percent greater saturation and 50 percent more depth.
As standard, the CX-5 comes equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, fabric upholstery, leather wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, 7-inch MZD connect infotainment system with navigation, electronic parking brake, rear air vents and cruise control. Higher trim levels add reverse camera, powered tailgate, powered sun roof, leather upholstery, powered front seats with memory function, smart keyless entry, full coloured Active Driving Display (HUD) and 10-speaker BOSE surround-sound system.
All variants get six airbags, Advanced Smart City Brake Support (AEB), Hill-Hold Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and ISOFIX mounting points. For just £800 (RM4,300) extra, UK customers can spec their CX-5 with the optional Safety Pack that adds the full suite of i-ActivSense safety technology including Adaptive LED Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane-keep Assist System and Rear Smart City Brake Support.
Prices for the second-generation Mazda CX-5 in the UK start from £23,695 (RM128k) to £26,695 (RM144k) for the petrol variants while the diesel variants range from £25,695 (RM138k) and £33,195 (RM179k).
Bermaz Motor, the official distributor of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia has confirmed that our local market will be getting the all-new CX-5 in Q4 of 2017 as a CKD model.
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