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Launched at Mid Valley Megamall alongside the locally-assembled (CKD) Mazda 3 range is the Mazda CX-5 GL. This is the new name for the cheapest CX-5 variant, following in the footsteps of the cheapest CKD Mazda 3, which is also called the GL.

Essentially, the CX-5 GL is the previous 2.0 2WD Mid Spec, but while the Mid Spec offered leather seats and navigation for free (these items were not on the original spec list), this one doesn’t any more. If you want leather, that’s a RM2,900 extra, and if you want navigation, you’ll have to move up to the middle-child 2.0 2WD High Spec.

Everything else maintains status quo – you still get six speakers, a reverse camera, auto headlamps and wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, powered driver’s seat, cruise control, fog lamps, six airbags and stability control. No keyless entry nor self-levelling bi-xenon headlamps with AFS, as before.

New options include the aforementioned leather seats (RM2,900), SkyTint film (RM1,900) and sill plates with blue illumination (RM310).

Locally-assembled (CKD) at Kulim, Kedah, the Mazda CX-5 GL is priced at RM125,766, OTR with GST before insurance, for metallic colours (for solids, minus RM600). In comparison, the previous Mid Spec car went for RM133,219.

What about the rest of the CX-5 range? The 2.0 2WD High Spec is now priced at RM140,166 and the 2.0 4WD High Spec RM150,166 – very slightly less than what they cost pre-GST.