Mazda, under new distributor PT Eurokars Motor Indonesia, has launched the new Mazda CX-5 in the Republic. The second-generation Mazda CX-5, which made its debut in November 2016, is available here in a sole Skyactiv-G 2.5 litre petrol engine option, and in two trim levels – GT and Elite.

The naturally-aspirated DOHC engine with i-Stop pushes out 190 hp and 251 Nm of torque at 3,250 rpm. It’s mated to a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission that channels drive to the front axle. G-Vectoring Control – which modulates engine torque to optimise vertical load on each wheel, improving steering response and stability – is standard.

The Indonesian-spec Mazda CX-5 is very well equipped. The standard equipment list includes 19-inch wheels; leather seats; eight-way powered driver’s seat; auto LED headlamps, DRLs and foglamps; powered tailgate; dual-zone auto air con with pollen filter; sunroof; keyless entry and push start; and an electronic parking brake with auto brake hold. Also in is the MZD Connect system with seven-inch colour display and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.

Going for the top Elite spec brings one memory for the driver’s seat, six-way powered passenger seat, front/rear under garnish, scuff plates with illuminated CX-5 logo, colour head-up display, DVD player, navigation and Mazda’s i-Activesense safety suite.

The latter includes adaptive LED headlamps, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver attention alert and smart city brake support.

The new CX-5 is priced from Rp 526,800,000 (RM169.160) for the GT and Rp 548,800,000 (RM176,361) for the Elite. Those going for the lustrous Soul Red Crystal and Machine Grey colours have to top up Rp 4,000,000 (RM1,285). The Honda CR-V rival has already been spotted in Malaysia and the launch shouldn’t be too far away now.