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Mazda Malaysia is clearly on a roll – not content with targeting to launch the CX-3, CKD Mazda 3 (including hatchback!) and the Mazda 6 facelift this year, it’s also aiming to introduce the locally-assembled (CKD) version of the CX-5 2.5, and possibly the CX-5 facelift.

According to a Bermaz source, the CKD CX-5 2.5 could go to market sometime after the CX-3 is launched, so we’re probably looking at a third-quarter timeframe.

At the CX-5 2.5’s Malaysian launch in March 2014, Bermaz Motor MD Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh said that the vehicle would be locally-produced once capacity increases following the commissioning of the new assembly facility.

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The company acquired a body shop from Inokom in 2013 and built a new trim and final shop within the same grounds in Kulim, Kedah in 2014, doubling capacity to 20,000 units per annum. If plans to build its own paint shop come become a reality, capacity could even balloon to 80,000 units a year.

The timeframe for the arrival of the CX-5 facelift, which debuted in Los Angeles alongside the CX-3 in November 2014, was stated in an earlier research report as March or April 2015, but we’re now told the company is targeting a launch towards the end of the year. The vehicle will initially be fully-imported (CBU) from Japan, with CKD units to follow later.

The CX-5 facelift features new head- and tail lamps, grille inserts, fog lamps and wheels, while the cabin receives upgraded switchgear, upholstery and trim, an electronic parking brake, redesigned seat structures and the MZD Connect infotainment system. NVH, ride and efficiency improvements are also touted, thanks to tweaks in the engine, suspension and drivetrain.

Malaysian-spec pre-facelift Mazda CX-5 2.5

Mazda CX-5 facelift

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