The updated Mazda CX-5 is now available in Thailand, a month after the revised C-segment SUV range was launched here. Like in Malaysia – where the CX-5 is assembled and shipped to Thailand – there are minor updates throughout, but the biggest news is the introduction of the CX-5 2.5L Turbo variant.

The 2.5L Turbo SP 4WD is the MY2019 range topper in Thailand and it’s priced at 1.85 million baht, which translates to RM256k. If our neighbours could drop into a northern Malaysian Mazda showroom after exchanging baht for ringgit, they would, because the 2.5 4WD High is priced at RM178k here.

The 2.5 litre turbo-four is the same one used in the CX-9, and Thai brochures quote 231 hp and 420 Nm of torque, the latter available at 2,000 rpm. The boosted motor is paired with a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission with i-Activ all-wheel drive system as standard, but there are no paddle shifters for the manual override.

It’s well equipped, as you’d expect. On the outside, one can tell the Turbo apart from its 19-inch alloys (225/55 tyres), but it’s inside where the 2.5T pulls ahead of the rest of the range, which reads 2.0 C, 2.0 S, 2.0 SP, 2.2 XD, 2.2 XDL 4WD in Thailand.

Exclusive Turbo equipment include black headlining, ambient lighting, an auto dimming frameless rear view mirror, real wood trim, brown Nappa leather and ventilated front seats.

Also on are goodies such as a sunroof, auto adaptive LED headlamps, auto wipers, powered tailgate and keyless entry/push start. The top Thai CX-5 also comes with a 10-speaker Bose Surround Sound system.

As for safety and driver assist systems, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Smart City Brake Support Forward (SCBS F), Smart City Brake Support Reverse (SCBS R), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Lane-Keep Assist System (LAS) are all available, in addition to Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC).

So, while the Thai price for the CX-5 Turbo might seem shocking for “just a Mazda”, it does get a fair bit of premium kit that the Malaysian version does not get – the Bose audio, ventilated Nappa leather seats, real wood trim, sunroof and MRCC are all absent from ours. You get the feeling though that there aren’t many Malaysians who would pay extra for the good stuff, especially if prices creep into the actual premium zone. What say you?

GALLERY: Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo GLS AWD, Malaysia spec