The 2019 Mazda CX-5 has been previewed in Malaysia, and as revealed earlier, will include a turbocharged variant called the 2.5L Turbo AWD you see here. There’s no word on official pricing yet, but we’re told the SUV model will remain locally assembled (CKD) and there will be a total of five variants in the line-up.

Focusing on the 2.5L Turbo AWD variant, power comes from a SkyActiv-G 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that serves up 230 PS (228 hp) at 5,000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission and i-Activ all-wheel drive system.

In terms of equipment, you get 19-inch wheels (with 225/55 series tyres), LED headlamps and taillights (the former with LED DRLs), keyless entry and start, an electronic parking brake (with auto hold function), leather upholstery and powered front seats with driver-side memory function.

There’s also new switchgear for the climate control – still a dual-zone system with rear air vents – and a seven-inch digital instrument cluster display with analogue dials beside it (remeniscent of the new Mazda 3), as well as a windscreen-projected head-up display. For infotainment, the Mazda Connect system now has support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

On the safety side of things, the 2.5L Turbo AWD is equipped with six airbags (front, side and curtain), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Launch Assist (HLA), ABS, EBD, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).

According to the sales personnel on duty at Sunway Pyramid where the car is currently being previewed, the other CX-5 petrol variants that will be available include the 2.0 2WD GL, 2.0 2WD GLS and non-turbo 2.5L 2WD GLS. Meanwhile, the diesel offerings have been trimmed down to just the 2.2D 2WD GLS, with the all-wheel drive version dropped.

Specifications of all the other variants are not out yet but expect them to be roughly similar to what was previously offered, with maybe a few updates here and there. We’ll have more information about the 2019 CX-5 when it is launched, so stay tuned. In the meantime, what do you think of the turbocharged CX-5? Will you choose it over the Honda CR-V?