Now this is exciting news indeed. The official pricelist of the yet-to-be-launched Mazda CX-5 2.5 CKD has made its way on to the Internet, and it looks like the locally-assembled SUV is set to get higher specifications compared to the existing CBU models, but matched with lower prices.

The document lists the 2.5 2WD model at RM144,756.70 with solid paint, and RM145,156.70 with metallic paint (both OTR without insurance). This compared very favourably against the 2.5 2WD CBU’s RM160,609.70 price tag. The 2.5 4WD variant seems to have been discontinued for this run.

In fact, such prices make the 2.5 litre CKD models more affordable than the equally locally-assembled CX-5 2.0 4WD High Spec variant, which goes for RM150,165.50.


Even more surprising is that this new introduction will see the return of the CX-5’s large 19-inch wheels, which had been replaced with 17-inch items in Malaysia since late 2012. The specsheet lists the bigger alloys, together with GPS navigation, leather seats, nine-speaker Bose sound system and “Mazda SkyTint” safety film.

If you’re looking for a catch, well, there is a big one, unfortunately. The model in question here the pre-facelift Mazda CX-5, and not the updated version that has had a limited introduction in Malaysia earlier this year. If you don’t mind the old looks, though, this seems like a very good deal indeed.