During a press conference at the launch of the new Mazda G-Vectoring Control model line-up as well as the MX-5 RF, Bermaz CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh revealed that the all-new CX-5 could be launched locally by September or October this year.

He noted that the second-generation CX-5 will be a locally-assembled (CKD) model from Mazda Malaysia’s Inokom plant in Kulim. The facility, which is currently being upgraded, will allow CKD models to be painted with the brand’s premium colours like Soul Red Crystal Metallic and the more recent Machine Gray Metallic. Both colours are not available on any CKD Mazda models sold here.

Considering the new CX-5 retains the same engine line-up as before – 2.0 and 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engines as well as a sole 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D diesel – we should expect such offerings to be offered to Malaysians as well (same as current).

On to another SUV, Yeoh also said the Malaysian-spec CX-9 will arrive around the same time, replacing the Australian-spec models currently offered here. No specific details were given but he suggested that the Malaysian-spec model could receive a higher equipment level while prices will remain unchanged.

Initial models will be fully-imported (CBU) units, with CKD operations expected to follow after, subject to consideration. For now, the CX-9 is available for RM323,850 for the 4WD model, while the 2WD model is priced at RM307,950 (on-the-road without insurance).

GALLERY: Second-generation Mazda CX-5

GALLERY: Australian-spec Mazda CX-9 FWD