Also launched in 1 Utama beside the third-gen Mazda 3 is the Mazda CX-5 2.5. Fully imported (CBU) from Japan, the Mazda CX-5 2.5 gets all of the locally-assembled (CKD) 2.0 High Spec‘s equipment, plus an i-stop start/stop system, sunroof and a nine-speaker Bose sound system.

However, the CX-5 2.5 CBU does not get the 255/55 R19 wheels fitted to the initial batch of CBU 2.0 cars – it continues to ride on the CKD 2.0?s 225/65 R17 alloys.

The 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine (also found in the Mazda6 2.5) develops 184 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 3,250 rpm, compared to the 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G’s 153 hp at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

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According to Bermaz Motor MD Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh, the introduction of the CBU 2.5 is due to present production constraints and the long delivery period. Once capacity is increased following the commissioning of the new assembly line, the CX-5 2.5 will be locally produced.

Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Meteor Grey Mica, Crystal White Pearl Mica, Zeal Red Mica and Aluminium Metallic body colours are available. Prices are thus: RM165,084 for the 2WD and RM175,344 for the 4WD, OTR with insurance. Included is a three-year/100,000 km warranty and three years/60,000 km of free service.

In comparison, the CKD 2.0 car is priced from RM137k-154k, while the early CBU 2.0 car was priced from RM160k-170k.