The new smiley faced Mazda Premacy (known as the Mazda 5 here in Malaysia) is now officially on sale in Japan, with suggested retail prices of between 1,799,000 to 2,314,000 yen, including sales taxes. Not sure when Bermaz will be bringing it in as the new Mazda 5 but perhaps a few grey importers like Naza World will get to it first.

The Mazda Premacy is available with i-stop in Japan, which is Mazda’s unique idling stop system that can automatically stop and restart the engine nearly instantly to save fuel. The i-stop model grades (20S and 20E FWD) offer the highest fuel economy of any two-litre minivan in Japan, rated at 16.0 kilometers per litre (km/l) according to Japan’s 10-15 mode test cycle, while the same models with power sliding doors are rated at 15.0 km/l.

All FWD models of the Premacy in Japan are powered by a direct injection 2.0 litre engine making 150 PS at 6,200rpm and 186Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, mated to a 5-speed Activematic automatic transmission. The 4WD version uses a regular 2.0 litre DOHC engine mated to a 4-speed EC-AT automatic transmission.

The design might strike some as being unusual – the classic minivan shape is covered by various creases in the bodywork inspired by the “Nagare” concept. The drag coefficient for the new Mazda Premacy is just 0.3 cD. Look after the jump for some newly released photos of the new Premacy as well as two other previously published galleries – from the original unveiling and from the Geneva show this year.

Mazda Premacy photos in JDM market
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Mazda 5 live images from Geneva
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Mazda 5 official images
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