2016 Mazda CX-5 facelift Thailand launch 1-1

The facelifted Mazda CX-5 has been launched in Thailand recently, featuring updated looks and new technologies. The SUV is offered in four variants – 2.0 C, 2.0 S, XD and XDL, with the 2.5 S now being removed from the line-up.

On the powertrain front, the 2.0 litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G petrol engine continues to serve in the 2.0 C and 2.0 S, providing 165 PS and 210 Nm. The mill is now compatible with E85 gasohol – just like in the Mazda 3 and CX-3. As previously mentioned, the 2.5 S is no longer part of the line-up.

Therefore, the 2.5 litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G mill will no longer be offered for the Thai market. In place of the 2.5 S is a new XD variant, which carries a 2.2 litre turbocharged four-cylinder SkyActiv-D diesel engine. The top-of-the-line XDL variant also carries the same oil burner.

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All engines are mated to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic, but only 2.0 C and 2.0 S come with a drive selection switch (Sport mode) with Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system reserved for the XDL. The remaining variants meanwhile, are all two-wheel drive by default.

Exterior changes on the CX-5 include a new front grille design similar to ours, and new LED headlights, tail lights, fog lamps and DRLs (2.0 S, XD and XDL). The 2.0 C meanwhile, gets halogens for all its lighting units. Wheels fitted for the petrol variants are 17 inches in size, with larger 19-inch alloys reserved for the diesel CX-5s, wearing a similar design to what we get here (no two-tone design like in other markets).

Inside, all variants now benefit from an eight-way power adjustable seat with power lumbar adjustment on the driver’s side. Mazda’s latest MZD Connect also makes its way into the CX-5. The infotainment system is linked to a Bose nine-speaker surround sound system on the diesel variants, while the petrol CX-5s get six-speaker setup.

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As for the new technologies, only the CX-5 XDL gains Mazda’s i-ActiveSense package, which includes the brand’s Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH) that divides the high beam light source into multiple units that turn on & off individually so as not to blind oncoming drivers. Other components within the suite include Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-Keep Assist System, Smart City Brake Support (forward and reverse) and Driver Attention Alert.

As for variants without the package, they still have systems like Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, four-wheel ABS, airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Hill Launch Assist and tyre pressure monitoring system (standard on the XDL).

Price-wise, the diesel CX-5s are now affordable as a result of Thailand’s new excise tax rules based on CO2 emissions. At the top of the heap, the XDL is priced at 1.69 million baht (RM199,657), while the XD goes for 1.53 million baht (RM180,754). The petrol 2.0 C and 2.0 S retail for 1.22 million baht (RM144,130) and 1.33 million baht (RM157,126), respectively.

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