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As revealed back in February, the Mazda 5 has indeed been given the SkyActiv treatment (joining the 3, 6, Biante and CX-5 in the SkyActiv party), and the enhanced MPV has been launched in Malaysia at Sunway Pyramid.

Replacing the non-SkyActiv model‘s 142 hp/180 Nm 2.0 litre MZR four-cylinder engine and five-speed Activematic auto are a 149 hp/190 Nm 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G direct-injected four-cylinder engine (12:1 compression ratio) and a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive auto.

It also gains the i-stop start/stop system, allowing the vehicle to claim a combined EC fuel economy of 6.6 litres per 100 km. The century sprint is done in 11.4 seconds, and top speed is 194 km/h.

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On the outside, it looks pretty much identical to the non-SkyActiv Mazda 5 – even the 205/55 R16 alloys are carried over – but the eagle-eyed amongst you would spot the wing mirror indicators, central touch-screen and two headrest monitors which were not on the original facelift model that was launched back in 2011. Mazda Malaysia says these were quietly introduced to the Mazda 5 sometime in between.

The central touch-screen incorporates navigation, a reverse camera display as well as sound from CD, DVD, MP3, AUX or USB piped through four speakers. Kit-wise, you get auto headlamps and wipers, single-zone auto air-con (with blower control for second-row vents), a sunroof and dual-powered sliding doors, amongst others.

There’s still the unique Karakuri seventh seat in the middle of the second row – the second-row armrest first folds up to form the backrest, then the cushion of the seat on the left is flipped forward to reveal the centre seat cushion that folds out to fit between the two second-row seats.

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The right-second-row seat hides a tray with two cupholders and a storage net under its cushion – this can obviously be flipped out for use. Under the flip-up cushions of both second-row seats are 6.3-litre storage compartments (when they’re not full of seat or tray, obviously). Second-row seats can slide, recline and fold, while third-row seats are split 50:50.

Where safety is concerned, you get dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, DSC, TCS, reverse sensors and second-row Isofix. Aluminium, Jet Black, Crystal Pearl White and Metallic Grey body colours are available.

Fully imported (CBU) from Japan, the Mazda 5 SkyActiv is priced at RM153,019, OTR without insurance (or RM157,279 with insurance). Included is a three-year/100,000 km warranty and three years’ free maintenance, and as part of a promotion, insurance is free for the first year. At its launch in 2011, the non-SkyActiv Mazda 5 was priced at RM150k, OTR without insurance.

We’ve already entered this new model into CarBase.my – see full specifications and equipment. You can also compare it against the Mazda Biante and other MPVs in the same price range here: Mazda 5 compared with its rivals.

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