Mazda CX-5 2.5L CKD facelift-1

Bermaz has previewed its upcoming offering, the locally-assembled (CKD) version of the facelifted Mazda CX-5, at the Saujana Golf and Country Club today – the updated version of the popular SUV was previously only available in fully-imported (CBU) 2.5 litre guise.

This is big news indeed, as it means that that the facelifted CX-5 will now be cheaper and offered in both 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre versions, the former in Mid Spec (formerly GL) and High Spec 2WD (4WD discontinued) variants and the latter with either 2WD and 4WD. Bookings are already open, with the cars going on sale as soon as the prices are confirmed.

As such, unfortunately, no official pricing has been given for either models, but a source at Bermaz has said that prices should remain the same as on the pre-facelift models – given that Berjaya Auto CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh has already stated that prices of Mazda vehicles will be retained at the current levels for the time being.

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As such, expect the prices to hold station – the current car is priced at RM129,559 (solid paint) and RM129,952 (metallic paint) for the 2.0 litre GL and RM143,938 (solid) and RM144,338 (metallic) for the 2.0 litre High Spec 2WD.

Moving up, the 2.5 litre 2WD CKD variant is currently priced at RM149,075 with solid paint and RM149,475 with metallic paint. The 2.5 litre 4WD CKD variant is new here – expect it to be much cheaper than the RM175,343 of the imported model. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance.

Both the 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engines has been carried over, the former making 153 hp at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, and the latter producing 184 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 3,250 rpm.

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Also retained is the six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission, but it now receives a new, more responsive Sport mode, selectable via a rocker switch on the base of the gear lever. Comfort has also been improved – cabin noise levels at a cruise are said to have been reduced by about 10%, while the seat structures have been redesigned for better comfort and cornering support.

Standard equipment is much the same as before on the 2.0 litre models – the Mid Spec model retains the current GL’s use of automatic projector halogen headlights and bulb-type fog lights and tail lights, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there are fabric manually-adjustable seats, push-button start, the new MZD Connect infotainment system, a six-speaker sound system, a reverse camera and cruise control. Navigation is now available as an option on the base model.

High Spec variants gain new self-levelling adaptive LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED fog and tail lights and front parking sensors. Step inside and you’ll find keyless entry, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a standard navigation system.

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It’s the 2.5 litre CKD models that bring the biggest difference – you get the same kit as on the 2.0 litre High Spec model, but the big news is that you’ll now gain the bigger 19-inch wheels. If you’re looking for the snazzy new two-tone design that was launched with the facelift, however, you’ll be disappointed, as they are the same silver wheels that were on the pre-facelift 2.5 litre CKD model.

Further inspection reveals more differences, as the 2.5 litre CKD facelift model loses out on both the sunroof and nine-speaker Bose sound system on the CBU models. Safety kit remains the same, however, with all models getting six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and traction control.