Following its official roll-out a fortnight ago from the Inokom Kulim plant, we now take another close look at the all-new second-generation Mazda CX-5 being shown on display at One Utama, Petaling Jaya.
The latest refinement of Mazda's Kodo styling language, the all-new CX-5 has been redesigned to appear bolder and more dynamic than its predecessor with tauter lines and greater emphasis of the car's visual width. The front fascia features a new honeycomb grille, redesigned chrome signature wing, and slimmer headlights. At the rear, new tail lights incorporate distinctive two-layer moulded outer lens.
Inside, the CX-5's dashboard has been made more symmetrical with increased focus on driver-orientation. The 7-inch MZD Connect touchscreen has been redesigned and repositioned higher up closer to the driver's natural line of sight.
A total of three engines are being offered with the all-new CX-5, all of them being the familiar SkyActiv four-cylinder powerplants carried over from the predecessor. Base models get a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 162 hp and 210 Nm; middle of the range is occupied by a 2.5-litre mill with 192 hp and 257 Nm; lastly, the flagship variants are powered by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel with 173 hp and 420 Nm.
All engines are paired with Mazda's in-house 6-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission as standard. The petrol models come exclusively in front-wheel drive configuration, whilst the torquier diesel powertrain is offered with a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. All variants of the CX-5 also come standard with G-Vectoring Control for more confident handling around corners.
At a base price of RM134,205.50 OTR without insurance, the entry level 2.0 Petrol 2WD GL offers the following equipment:
- 225/65 R17 tyres, 17" x 7J wheels
- LED headlights, auto on/off, auto-leveling, bulb-type DRL
- Fog lights: LED front, bulb rear
- Bulb-type tail lights
- Reverse sensors
- Engine start button, no keyless entry
- Electronic parking brake
- Steering-mounted controls - audio, Bluetooth handsfree, cruise control
- Tilt & telescopic steering adjust
- Leather-wrapped steering & gear knob
- Gun metallic dashboard trim
- Auto-dimming rear view mirror
- Trip-computer - 4.6-inch monochrome LCD
- Dual zone climate control, rear air-con vents
- 12V power outlets (3x)
- Fabric seats
- MZD Connect Infotainment - 7-inch touchscreen, rotary control knob, voice command
- USB ports (4x)
- Reverse camera
- 6 airbags, ABS, EBD
- Electronic stability control
For an additional RM14,000, the 2.0 Petrol 2WD GLS (RM148,205.50) adds:
- LED headlights, auto on/off, auto-leveling, adaptive front lighting
- LED daytime running lights
- LED tail lights
- Keyless entry, walk-away auto lock
- Front parking sensors
- Metal & wood dashboard trim
- Leather seats
- 10-way powered driver seat adjustment
- GPS Navigation
- Blind spot monitoring (BSM)
- Rear cross traffic alert (RCTA)
- Smart City Brake Support, Front Only
The 2.5 Petrol 2WD GLS, meanwhile, at RM160,596.70 adds 19-inch wheels and a more powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine for a premium of RM12,000 over the 2.0 GLS.
The 2.2 Diesel 2WD GLS at RM164,179.10 is about RM3,500 north of the 2.5. Besides a more powerful engine, the diesel variant adds considerably more equipment than its price gap with the 2.5 GLS model suggests, including the full suite of Mazda i-Activsense advanced driver assistance systems:
- Trip-computer - 4.6-inch colour LCD
- Adaptive LED headlights
- Lane Departure Warning (LDWS)
- Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
- Drowsiness detection (DAA)
- Smart City Brake Support, Front & Rear
The range-topping 2.2 Diesel AWD GLS (RM174,779.10) offers identical equipment to its 2WD sibling, but charges a bit over RM10,000 extra for the added capability of powering all four wheels.
All variants of the CX-5 are finished standard in solid paint; metallic colours cost an additional RM400, whilst a choice of three premium metallic colours - Soul Red Crystal, Machine Grey, Snowflake White Pearl - is available for an extra RM2,000. The availability of these new premium metallic colours for the first time in a locally-assembled Mazda model is made possible by the opening of a new state-of-the-art paint shop in the Kulim plant which cost Mazda the better part of RM 87 million.
The new premium colours are painted with Mazda's Takuminuri painting technology, which is said to give a high-quality finish as if as hand-sprayed by a master craftsperson. It consists of three layers comprising clear, translucent, and reflective coats. The translucent layer features a high chroma colour pigment, whilst the reflective coat features light-absorbing flakes and aluminium flakes uniformly-sized and aligned horizontally to reflect light with lustre.
Introduction of the all-new CX-5 at the Inokom plant started in August 2017. Thanks to newly-upgraded facilities, Mazda now has access to annual production capacity of 20,000 vehicles from the Kulim plant. The new paint shop also brings paint work quality of Malaysia-made Mazda vehicles on par with those made in Japan. Mazda is set to export the all-new CX-5 from Malaysia to Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
The original CX-5 that was launched in 2011 as a CBU model and subsequently offered as CKD grew to become one of the most popular mid-sized SUVs in the market and was a key model for Mazda worldwide. The new model is expected to continue its predecessor's success and is expected to contribute as much as half of Mazda's total sales in Malaysia.
Like all new Mazda vehicles registered from 1 Feb 2017, the all-new 2017 CX-5 enjoys a 5-year / 100,000 km manufacturer warranty along with 3 years / 60,000 km of free maintenance.
Scroll below for picture galleries of the CX-5 2.5 2WD GLS and 2.2 Diesel GLS models.