Mazda Malaysia has finally introduced the much anticipated CX-5 Turbo as part of a model refresher for the year, and all five variants of the C-segment SUV are locally assembled at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah. What’s new, you ask?

Well, the CX-5 Turbo is powered by a 2.5 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, making 228 hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 Nm at 2,000 rpm. It’s paired with a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission with i-Activ all-wheel drive system as standard, but oddly doesn’t come with paddle shifters. This range-topping model replaces the 2.2D AWD unit that was previously offered.

Now, for equipment, all variants get automatic LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED fog lamps, but the top two models get Adaptive LED Headlights. Not much has changed in the cabin, but there’s an updated instrument cluster with a seven-inch digital display, revised climate control layout, and 360-degree around view camera. Still no Bose sound system here, unfortunately.

Safety is pretty standard across the board, with six airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Emergency Brake Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, Hill Launch Assist and Isofix child seat anchors. There’s also Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart City Brake Support Forward from the 2.0 GLS onwards, though the 2.5 GLS 2WD gains Driver Attention Alert and Smart City Brake Support Reverse, which is Mazda speak for autonomous emergency braking.

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