Mazda refreshes 2020 vehicle line-up with updated Mazda MX-5 RF and CX-9

Alongside the launch of the 2020 Mazda2 facelift, Bermaz Motor has also unveiled the updated Mazda MX-5 RF and CX-9 as part of their 2020 vehicle line-up. Both models are now officially available for reservation.

Mazda MX-5 RF

The Mazda MX-5 is only available in Malaysia as the RF hard-top convertible variant. For the 2020 update, the MX-5 RF gains new i-Activsense features, including Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support Adaptive LED headlights, and Lane Departure Warning System as standard.

Otherwise, the roadster remains unchanged from the previous update in 2019, featuring an uprated 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine with i-ELOOP and i-Stop idling technology, producing 181 hp and 205 Nm of torque.

The engine can be paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Inside, the 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF is unchanged from the 2019 update as well. Equipment list includes the seven-inch Mazda Connect infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, paired to a nine-speaker Bose sound system.

The pattern continues to the styling – the exterior of the 2020 Mazda MX-5 remains identical to the previous update, other than the new Mazda badging and fonts design, in line with the latest Mazda models.

The Mazda MX-5 RF is fully-imported from Japan, priced at RM266,154 for the manual variant, and RM268,154 for the automatic – a RM7,000 and RM7,800 increase from last year respectively.

Mazda CX-9

Mazda’s flagship seven-seater SUV has also been updated for 2020. Just as before, two fully-imported variants are available with pretty much identical specifications, with the sole difference being drivetrain – front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

In terms of styling changes, the Mazda CX-9 gets new Mazda badging and fonts design, along with a new gray metallic finish to the 20-inch aluminium alloy wheels.

Inside, the black leather seats now come with silver stitching, while the Mazda Connect infotainment display has been updated with a larger nine-inch unit, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, first introduced in the 2018 rolling update.

The seatbelt reminder now covers all three rows of seats (instead of just the driver and front passenger), while the third-row passengers now get two USB ports. There is also a new brake auto-hold button on the centre console, with the introduction of the new safety feature.

The powertrain is pretty much unchanged from before, featuring a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine producing 228 hp and 420 Nm of torque, now with Mazda’s i-Stop idling technology. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Mazda’s GVC Plus torque vectoring control also makes its way onto the 2020 CX-9, which adds on individual brake-control, in addition to varying the engine torque output from the older GVC system.

Specific to the AWD variant, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 also comes with the all-new Off-road Traction Assist feature. When activated, the system automatically applies the brakes on the wheels off-ground, transferring the torque to the wheel in contact with the ground for better off-road traction.

Safety equipment is also pretty much unchanged. The CX-9 features the i-Activsense Advance Driver Assistance suite, which includes Adaptive LED Headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist System, and Driver Attention Alert.

The Smart City Brake Support has been updated to now detect vehicles as well as pedestrians, both forward and rearward.

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is priced at RM319,610.40 for the 2WD variant, while the AWD variant is priced at RM336,610.40. The new pricing reflects an increase of RM29,000 on both variants.

Both the 2020 Mazda CX-5 RF and 2020 Mazda CX-9 are offered with a five-year/100,000 km manufacturer warranty, as well as a five-year/100,000 km free scheduled maintenance package, inclusive of parts, lubricants, and labour charges.


2020 Mazda MX-5 RF


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