The all-new Mazda CX-5 has been introduced for the Thai market, imported from Mazda's Malaysia plant in Kulim, Kedah. However unlike Malaysia, Thailand does not offer the 2.5-litre petrol engine. Only the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel are offered to our northern neighbour.
There are a total of five variants on offer:
Both the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated (165 hp/ 210 Nm) and 2.2-litre turbodiesel (175hp/ 420 Nm) have been carried over from the first-generation CX-5, supplied with the six-speed (Skyactiv-D) automatic transmission.
All petrol variants including the entry-level (XD) diesel variant are offered exclusively in front-wheel drive guise, only the range-topping XDL variant sends power to all four wheels.
Similar to the ones sold in Malaysia, all Thai-market CX-5 variants are also equipped with Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) driver-assist feature.
The SP and XDL variants crucially add active driver aids such as Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane-keep Assist (LKA), Smart City Brake Support – Front and Reverse (SCBS), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Mazda’s Radar Cruise Control.
The export to Thailand is a continuation of Mazda Malaysia's ambitions to grow Malaysia into a regional assembly hub for the ASEAN region. In addition to Thailand, Mazda also plans to export to the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar in the future.