Well, if your interest in the CX-5 has been piqued by the Mudah ads popping up about it, it’ll also be of interest to hear that Mazda has officially introduced the SUV in its own domestic market as of today. The CX-5 will be available in four model grades there, two each for the 2.0 litre SkyActiv G normally-aspirated direct injection petrol and 2.2 SkyActiv D commonrail turbodiesel mills available for it.

The 175 PS and 420 Nm 2.2 litre diesel grade variants are the XD and XD L Package, both available in 2WD and 4WD form, while the 155 PS and 196 Nm 2.0 litre petrol versions are the 20C and 20S, with the 20C version only available in 2WD. All engine variants will be partnered to the single transmission on offer in Japan, the SkyActiv-Drive six-speed EC-AT.

Kit includes 17-inch wheels (with 225/65 series tyres) for all versions except the XD L, which gets 19-inch units wearing 225/55 rubbers. The XD L will also get the Smart City Brake Support and rear vehicle monitoring systems as standard – the RVM is available as an option for the XD and 20S, but not for the 20C version.

Pricing for the CX-5 begins from 2.05 million Yen for the base 20C petrol model to 3.19 million Yen for the 4WD XD L version. Mazda has set a monthly sales target of 1,000 vehicles in Japan, with reports adding that the company is looking to move 160,000 units globally on an annual basis.