Shortly after the roll out ceremony of the second-generation Mazda CX-5 at the Inokom assembly plant in Kulim, Kedah, Bermaz Motor has officiated the launch of the all-new CX-5 right here in Malaysia. With five variants to choose from and pricing starting from a competitive RM135k (OTR, without insurance), the mid-sized SUV from Hiroshima has its crosshair set on the Honda CR-V.
As before, the locally-assembled CX-5 will be exported to neighbouring countries, only this time the Inokom assembly plant is able to produce Mazda’s signature Soul Red Crystal that has 20 percent more saturation and 50 percent more depth than the previous-gen Soul Red Metallic. Petrol and diesel variants are available however all-wheel drive is now reserved exclusively for the top-spec diesel variants.
|Name||Mazda CX-5 2.0G GL 2WD||Mazda CX-5 2.0G GLS 2WD||Mazda CX-5 2.5G GLS 2WD||Mazda CX-5 2.2D GLS 2WD||Mazda CX-5 2.2D GLS AWD|
|Engine||1,998cc; 4-cylinder SkyActiv-G||2,488cc; 4-cyl SkyActiv-G||2,191cc; 4-cyl SkyActiv-D|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic with Sport Mode|
|Max Power||161 hp @ 6,000 rpm||192 hp @ 6,000 rpm||173 hp @ 4,500 rpm|
|Max Torque||210 Nm @ 4,000 rpm||257 Nm @ 3,250 rpm||420 Nm @ 2,000 rpm|
|Price (OTR without insurance)||RM134,605.50||RM148,605.50||RM160,996.70||RM164,579.10||RM175,179.10|
Visually the all-new CX-5’s design is largely similar to the flagship CX-9 (and Japan’s CX-8). Standard equipment across the board reads LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED combination taillamps, LED fog lamps, dual-exhaust outlets, shark fin antenna, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors as well as piano black door pillar garnish. The entry level 2.0 GL however, gets a few items omitted in favour of bulb type daytime running lights, bulb-combination taillamps, manual key, rear parking sensors only and standard black door pillar garnish.
The 2.0 GL and GLS rides on 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 225/65 profile tyres while the rest of the line up gets upsized to 19-inch items (225/55 profile).
Inside, the base 2.0 GL gets furnished in fabric upholstery, multi-functional steering wheel, 7.0-inch Mazda MZD connect infotainment system, manual front seats, reverse camera, gun metallic interior trim, 4.6-inch LCD Standard instrument cluster display, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, four USB charging ports and all-four auto powered windows.
Stepping up to the more expensive variants and you’ll get leather upholstery, GPS navigation system, 10-way powered front seats for the driver, 4.6-inch coloured LCD Multi Info Display as well as metal and wood interior trim. Boot space is rated at 442 litres.
Under the hood you’ll find a choice of 2.0-litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G petrol, 2.5-litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G petrol or a 2.2-litre SkyActiv-D diesel. On the petrol mills, Mazda has revised the compression ratio from 13:1 to 14:1 for reduced emissions and improved performance. The result is a slight power bump with the 2.0-litre now putting out 161 hp & 210 Nm (+7 hp & 10 Nm) while the larger 2.5-litre now produces 192 hp & 257 Nm (+7 hp & 7 Nm) of torque. The diesel mill retains its 173 hp and 420 Nm figures.
All engine choices are mated to a six-speed SkyActiv Drive automatic transmission driving the front wheels. If you prefer all-wheel drive traction, your only choice is the range topping 2.2-litre diesels.
Fuel economy is rated at 6.8L/100km for the 2.0-litre petrol while the larger 2.5-litre mill consumes 7.1L/100km. The most efficient mill on offer is no doubt the 2.2-litre diesel which consumes 5.9 litres of diesel per 100 km.
All models come with Mazda’s i-Stop Idling Technology and G-Vectoring Control Technology. They will also be equipped with six airbags alongside a host of safety systems which include ABS with EBD, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Auto Hold, Hill-Start, Speed Sensing Lock, Emergency Brake Assist and ISOFIX. The all-new CX-5 has been given a 5-star EURO and Japan NCAP rating.
Supporting the industry standard safety systems are Adaptive Front Lighting System, Adaptive LED headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Smart City Brake Support (front and back). However, these features are primarily available for the 2WD and AWD Diesel variants. As for the other three petrol variants, they will only be equipped with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring System and front Smart City Brake Support.