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Bermaz Motor today introduced the latest incarnation of the Mazda5 in Malaysia. The vehicle, which made its debut in Geneva earlier this year, rolls in wearing the brand’s “smiley face” front as well as those rather flowy Nagare lines, even though that design is set to be replaced by the new Kodo language.

Tagged as a C-MAV (compact multi-activity vehicle; yes, the designations get stranger by the day), the vehicle on offer here continues to wear the familiar MZR LF 2.0 litre four-cylinder pot, though there are subtle revisions to the numbers on offer – it has 142 hp at 6,500 rpm and 180 Nm at 4,500 rpm to its predecessor’s 136 hp and 175 Nm. For further comparison, the MZR 2.0 direct injection spark ignition unit, which features start-stop technology, puts out 148 hp and 191 Nm, so the reworked figures here sit nicely in between.

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The five-speed auto tranny is now equipped with an Active Adaptive Shift (AAS) function, a slope control feature that determines the gradient of the road and automatically selects the optimum gear with which to traverse it.

The exterior gets a fair amount of reworking – that front and flow lines on the doors are the most direct giveaway, while at the back the high mounted tail lamps are gone, replaced by a more standard looking assembly. The dual powered sliding doors of course remain, but feature newly adopted safety mechanisms, like a front latch safety mechanism and a touch sensor strip.

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Inside, changes and refinements include revisions to the dashboard design as well as improved leather seats with better finishing and detail, among other things. Meanwhile, the 6+One seating arrangement has been retained, which means that the central walk-through passageway and the hideaway Karakuri seventh seat are still to be had, with the difference being that the Karakuri seat is now larger, and it can also accommodate a child seat – you can now attach child seats to all three seats in the second row.

Elsewhere, the rear ventilation system has been improved to ensure an adequate flow of cool air to keep occupants of the second- and third-row seats more comfortable, and the multi-information display on the instrument panel is now placed higher for easier viewing – the display also features new character illumination to improve legibility.

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New safety features abound to add on to the already comprehensive list of items, and these include the adoption of three-point seatbelts on every seat, an improved level of pedestrian protection and a cabin structure that features increased rigidity.

The new Mazda5 2.0L is available in seven colours, these being Clear Water Blue, Copper Red, Aluminium Metallic, Stormy Blue, Crystal White Pearl, Metropolitan Grey and Brilliant Black, and is priced at RM150,000 on the road, without insurance.

Gallery of launch photos after the jump.

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