After showing off the production facility in Kulim and previewing the CX-5, Bermaz Motor Trading Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Mazda, has officially launched the new Mazda CX-5. There are 5 variants to pick : 2.0L 2WD GL (RM 137k), 2.0L 2WD GLS (RM 151k), 2.5L 2WD GLS (RM 163k), 2.2L 2WD GLS (RM 167k) & 2.2L AWD GLS (RM 177k). Except for the 2.2L which are Skyactiv-D turbodiesels, the rest are Skyactiv-G petrol variants.
All new Mazda vehicles (except the BT-50 pick-up) registered from 1 February 2017 come with a 5-year (or 100,000 km) manufacturing warranty and 3-year (or 60,000 km) free scheduled maintenance package.
Updates and redesigns cover the interior and exterior. The appearance is now bolder with a more dynamic stance. Inside, the dashboard has a more symmetrical layout and improved ergonomics. The 7″ MZD Connect infotainment touchscreen has been redesigned and repositioned at the top of the dashboard closer to the driver’s natural line-of-sight; the commander console is also elevated for easier reach. The interior features leather stitching, and wood and metal finish. Mazda engineers also ran tests to locate points of noise intrusion into the cabin and improved noise insulation.
Rear cargo volume is 442 liters and expands to 1,342 liters with the rear seats folded down. Interestingly, the CX-5 comes with 4 USB ports (2 in front, 2 in rear center armrest) for the digitally power-hungry.
The 2.0L Skyactiv-G engine has 162 hp and 210 Nm of torque while the 2.5L Skyactiv-G has 192 hp and 257 Nm. The 2.2L Skyactiv-D engine has 173 hp and 420 Nm, thanks to a 2-stage turbocharger and drinks Euro 5 diesel. The official average fuel consumption figures are 6.8L/100km (2.0L 2WD), 7.1L/100km (2.5L 2WD), 5.9L/100km (2.2L 2WD) and 6.2L/100km (2.2L AWD). All engine variants are paired with a 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission with manual shift mode.
According to Mazda, its diesel engine is a low-compression engine that allows for more complete combustion thereby burning off most of the typical pollutants. As such, it meets all emissions standards in real world and lab tests without requiring the use of particulate filters or urea.
Standard features across the board are auto LED headlamps with auto leveling, rain-sensing wipers, push button start, auto hold, 7″ MZD Connect touchscreen, leather steering wheel with mounted controls, dual zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, reverse view camera, 6 airbags, ABS with DSC, EBD, EBA, TCS, ESS and HSA, i-Stop idle stop-start, and G-Vectoring Control.
The base 2.0L GL variant makes do without LED tail lamps and daytime running lights, keyless entry, 10-way powered driver’s seat, walk-away lock, and the i-Activsense suite.
i-Activsense is Mazda’s suite of advanced safety features which make use of cameras and miliwave radars. This suite includes adaptive LED headlights (diesel variants only) which controls a number of LEDs to broaden visibility at low speeds, raise the beam height at high speeds to extend visual range, and shape the high beam to avoid dazzling oncoming vehicles; adaptive front lighting system (petrol GLS variants) that follows the turn of the steering wheel, Smart City Brake system which monitors the vehicle in front or rear to assess the risk of collision and will brake automatically if you don’t; Lane Departure Warning system warns when you stray from your lane without signalling; Lane Keep Assist makes minor steering corrections to keep the car within its lane; Blind Spot Monitoring detects objects in your blind spot; and Rear Cross Traffic Alert detects oncoming vehicles at the rear when you reverse; and Driver Attention Alert which works above 65 km/h to learn your driving pattern and predicts when you are fatigued.
The petrol GLS variants only the adaptive front lighting system, Smart City Brake, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
There are 8 colors available – Soul Red Crystal, Machine Grey, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver, Meteor Grey, Jet Black and Arctic White. The first 3 colors are premium colors and cost an additional RM 2,000.
On the tour of the Kulim facility, Mazda explained that these premium colors are a result of its evolutionary Takiminuri painting technology which gives the colors exceptional depth and glow. The 3-layer paint structure (clear, translucent, reflective coats) features a high chroma color pigment in the translucent layer while the reflective coat has light-absorbing flakes and aluminum flakes of uniform size and are horizontally aligned to reflect light.