The second-generation Mazda CX-5 has been spotted in Malaysia, ahead of its expected launch debut in September. The model has already been introduced in neighbouring markets such as the Philippines and Singapore, while dealers here have begun announcing the model’s arrival.

In these photos sent to us by reader Alan Ong, we see the new CX-5 wearing what is likely the Meteor Grey exterior body colour and 19-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. It’s hard to determine the exact variant, but based on the left-side badging at the rear, this could be a front-wheel drive model (the right side is for the SkyActiv badge).

The CX-5 retains the same engine line-up as its predecessor – 2.0 and 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engines as well as a sole 2.2 litre SkyActiv-D diesel – and these offerings will likely be offered on the Malaysian-spec model as well.

Back in April, during the launch of the G-Vectoring Control-equipped models, Bermaz CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh noted the new CX-5 will be a locally-assembled (CKD) model from the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah (same place where the first-gen CX-5 is assembled).

When the CX-5 finally makes its debut, the obvious competitor will be Honda’s latest CR-V, which comes with a pretty comprehensive safety suite in its highest specification. Which of the two popular models tickles your fancy more? Or will you prefer other options instead?

GALLERY: Second-generation Mazda CX-5