Mazda CX-5 Malaysia Archive

  • Mazda CX-5 2.5 CKD gets higher specs, lower prices


    Now this is exciting news indeed. The official pricelist of the yet-to-be-launched Mazda CX-5 2.5 CKD has made its way on to the Internet, and it looks like the locally-assembled SUV is set to get higher specifications compared to the existing CBU models, but matched with lower prices.

    The document lists the 2.5 2WD model at RM144,756.70 with solid paint, and RM145,156.70 with metallic paint (both OTR without insurance). This compared very favourably against the 2.5 2WD CBU’s RM160,609.70 price tag. The 2.5 4WD variant seems to have been discontinued for this run.

    In fact, such prices make the 2.5 litre CKD models more affordable than the equally locally-assembled CX-5 2.0 4WD High Spec variant, which goes for RM150,165.50.


    Even more surprising is that this new introduction will see the return of the CX-5’s large 19-inch wheels, which had been replaced with 17-inch items in Malaysia since late 2012. The specsheet lists the bigger alloys, together with GPS navigation, leather seats, nine-speaker Bose sound system and “Mazda SkyTint” safety film.

    If you’re looking for a catch, well, there is a big one, unfortunately. The model in question here the pre-facelift Mazda CX-5, and not the updated version that has had a limited introduction in Malaysia earlier this year. If you don’t mind the old looks, though, this seems like a very good deal indeed.

  • Mazda CX-5 facelift in Malaysia: CBU 2.5, from RM168k

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    Last month, we brought you news of the facelifted Mazda 6 arriving on Malaysian shores; today, the similarly-updated Mazda CX-5 surfaced at a showroom in Setia Alam, so we headed over to bring you a closer look.

    Arriving in fully-imported form and in sole 2.5 litre configuration (locally-assembled 2.0 litre models are expected to be introduced later in the year), the refreshed Japanese C-segment crossover retails at RM167,610 for the two-wheel drive version and RM177,610 for all-wheel drive. Both prices – on-the-road without insurance – are a whole RM7,000 higher than before.

    This recent nip-and-tuck, revealed at the LA Auto Show last year, brings along only minor changes purely to keep the still handsome CX-5 abreast with the competition. At the front, there are new LED headlights (now with LED daytime running lights!), a revised grille with grey slats and smaller fog lights set inside redesigned surrounds.

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    From the rear of the car, the only way you’ll be able to spot the new car is through the tail lights, which now feature LEDs. Unfortunately, we don’t get the spiffy new 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels, sticking with the current 17-inch design instead.

    It’s much the same story on the inside as well – the basic design will be familiar to those who own the current car, but look closer and you’ll spot the new silver dashboard trim (previously piano black), updated climate control switchgear, a redesigned gear lever (now with a leather boot) as well as a new electronic parking brake that frees up space for a longer armrest.

    The big news here is the new MZD Connect infotainment system, taken from newer models like the Mazda 2 and 3. Unlike those cars, the seven-inch touchscreen sits inside the old head unit binnacle (which surprisingly is now leather-lined), instead of being a freestanding item; apart from touch input, it is also controllable via a new iDrive-like Multimedia Commander knob, located behind the gear lever.

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    The 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine has been carried over, producing 184 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 3,250 rpm. Also retained is the six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission, but it now receives a new, more responsive Sport mode, selectable via a rocker switch on the base of the gear lever.

    Comfort has also been improved – cabin noise levels at a cruise are said to have been reduced by about 10%, while the seat structures have been redesigned for better comfort and cornering support.

    Standard equipment is the same as before, so you get keyless entry, push-button start, auto lights and wipers, a sunroof, dual-zone auto climate control, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, navigation and i-stop auto start-stop. Safety kit has also been retained – six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, Isofix rear child seat anchors and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

  • Mazda CX-5 GL launched, new base variant at RM126k

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    Launched at Mid Valley Megamall alongside the locally-assembled (CKD) Mazda 3 range is the Mazda CX-5 GL. This is the new name for the cheapest CX-5 variant, following in the footsteps of the cheapest CKD Mazda 3, which is also called the GL.

    Essentially, the CX-5 GL is the previous 2.0 2WD Mid Spec, but while the Mid Spec offered leather seats and navigation for free (these items were not on the original spec list), this one doesn’t any more. If you want leather, that’s a RM2,900 extra, and if you want navigation, you’ll have to move up to the middle-child 2.0 2WD High Spec.

    Everything else maintains status quo – you still get six speakers, a reverse camera, auto headlamps and wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, powered driver’s seat, cruise control, fog lamps, six airbags and stability control. No keyless entry nor self-levelling bi-xenon headlamps with AFS, as before.

    New options include the aforementioned leather seats (RM2,900), SkyTint film (RM1,900) and sill plates with blue illumination (RM310).

    Locally-assembled (CKD) at Kulim, Kedah, the Mazda CX-5 GL is priced at RM125,766, OTR with GST before insurance, for metallic colours (for solids, minus RM600). In comparison, the previous Mid Spec car went for RM133,219.

    What about the rest of the CX-5 range? The 2.0 2WD High Spec is now priced at RM140,166 and the 2.0 4WD High Spec RM150,166 – very slightly less than what they cost pre-GST.

  • Mazda CX-5 facelift – ads appear on, RM172k


    Hang on, what’s this? It would seem as though advertisements for the upcoming Mazda CX-5 facelift have surfaced on our sister classifieds site, In an earlier report, we mentioned that the facelifted crossover was due to arrive on Malaysian soil at the end of the year.

    However, with ads already popping up, this could only indicate that the Mazda CX-5 facelift is set to make its local debut a lot sooner than we would have thought. A Bermaz source has revealed a launch date of somewhere between April and May this year.

    The Mazda CX-5 facelift will initially be brought in as a CBU model with CKD operations expected to commence a while after the launch. As illustrated in the ad, the CX-5 facelift will be made available with in a 2.5 litre/all-wheel drive guise.

    As is the case with most facelifts, the 2.5 AWD CX-5 facelift will arrive with more obvious front grille inserts, restyled bi-xenon head lamps with LED daytime running lights as well as LED rear lamps. Inside, the new car gets a seven-inch TFT touchscreen infotainment system replete with navigation and a reverse camera.

    Other goodies include an electronic parking brake, keyless entry with push start button, automatic windscreen wipers, automatic dimming rear view mirror and a 9-speaker Bose sound system. On the safety front, it would seem that the Malaysian-spec 2.5 litre AWD CX-5 will be kitted out with a total of six airbags.

    Elsewhere, the usual array of ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist, stability and traction control are featured. Further information from the ad discloses the power figures from the 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine – a total of 185 hp and 250 Nm of torque is touted.

    GALLERY: Malaysian-spec pre-facelift Mazda CX-5 2.5

    GALLERY: Mazda CX-5 facelift

  • Mazda CX-5 2.5 CKD, CX-5 facelift expected this year


    Mazda Malaysia is clearly on a roll – not content with targeting to launch the CX-3, CKD Mazda 3 (including hatchback!) and the Mazda 6 facelift this year, it’s also aiming to introduce the locally-assembled (CKD) version of the CX-5 2.5, and possibly the CX-5 facelift.

    According to a Bermaz source, the CKD CX-5 2.5 could go to market sometime after the CX-3 is launched, so we’re probably looking at a third-quarter timeframe.

    At the CX-5 2.5’s Malaysian launch in March 2014, Bermaz Motor MD Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh said that the vehicle would be locally-produced once capacity increases following the commissioning of the new assembly facility.


    The company acquired a body shop from Inokom in 2013 and built a new trim and final shop within the same grounds in Kulim, Kedah in 2014, doubling capacity to 20,000 units per annum. If plans to build its own paint shop come become a reality, capacity could even balloon to 80,000 units a year.

    The timeframe for the arrival of the CX-5 facelift, which debuted in Los Angeles alongside the CX-3 in November 2014, was stated in an earlier research report as March or April 2015, but we’re now told the company is targeting a launch towards the end of the year. The vehicle will initially be fully-imported (CBU) from Japan, with CKD units to follow later.

    The CX-5 facelift features new head- and tail lamps, grille inserts, fog lamps and wheels, while the cabin receives upgraded switchgear, upholstery and trim, an electronic parking brake, redesigned seat structures and the MZD Connect infotainment system. NVH, ride and efficiency improvements are also touted, thanks to tweaks in the engine, suspension and drivetrain.

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  • Mazda CX-5 facelift, Mazda 3 CKD arriving in March, Mazda 6 CKD to start with facelifted model in Q3 2015


    Along with the upcoming Mazda CX-3, local distributor Bermaz has its 2015 calendar full of a slew of other new products in the pipeline, according to the same investor’s report by CIMB.

    First up is the facelifted Mazda CX-5, which made its debut in Los Angeles along with the CX-3 in November. Mazda’s refreshed C-segment crossover is set to make reach our shores as early as March or April, two years after the current car (which made up 49.1% of Mazda’s sales in Malaysia in the first half of the 2014/15 financial year) went on sale here in February 2013.

    Exterior changes include new head- and tail lights, grille inserts, fog lights and wheels, while the cabin receives upgraded switchgear, upholstery and trim, an electronic parking brake, redesigned seat structures and the MZD Connect infotainment system. The engine, suspension and drivetrain have all been tweaked for reduced noise, a flatter ride and improved fuel economy.


    Possibly joining the CX-5 will be the locally-assembled Mazda 3, which is also slated to be introduced in March (it was originally estimated to arrive in the third quarter of 2014), with Bermaz already test assembling eight units at Inokom’s Kulim plant.

    With increased localisation and incentives from the Industrial Adjustment Fund, the CKD 3 is expected to cost considerably less than before – under RM110k for the mid-spec 2.0 litre model and under RM120k for the high-spec variant, compared to RM138,935 OTR for the current CBU car. Bermaz is said to be dropping plans for the sub-RM90k 1.5 litre model, in order to avoid cannibalising sales of the upcoming Mazda 2.


    Last but not least is the CKD Mazda 6 which is finally set to make its market introduction in the third quarter of this year. CIMB notes that Bermaz will kick off local assembly with the facelifted model also unveiled in LA, which gets some exterior updates, a thoroughly-revised interior and improved NVH levels.

    Prices will reportedly drop by between RM10k-RM20k over current CBU models, which are currently priced at RM159,455 and RM189,728 OTR for the 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre sedans respectively.

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  • Mazda inaugurates new vehicle assembly facility in Malaysia – CX-5 production transferred from Inokom


    Mazda has announced that its new vehicle assembly facility in Malaysia has begun operations – located within the Inokom plant in Kulim, the Mazda-dedicated trim and final shop expands on the body shop located within the same grounds. The body shop began operation in April last year.

    The opening of the trim and final shop effectively transfers production of the Mazda CX-5 for the Malaysian and Thai markets from Inokom to Mazda. The CX-5 was previously primarily assembled by Inokom, which carried out build processes such as paint, trim and final and inspection. Paint now remains as the only process outsourced to Inokom.

    Local assembly of the SUV began in March last year, with first exports to Thailand starting last September. Production of the new Mazda3 for Malaysia is slated to begin at the facility later this year, with market introduction set for October. Next year will see CKD production of the Mazda6 begin.

    With the expansion of its assembly operations, Mazda Malaysia‘s annual production capacity is set to double from 10,000 to 20,000 units. A paint shop is also reportedly under consideration – going this route will expand capacity even further to 2,500 units per month. Approximately RM100 million has been invested by Mazda Malaysia for the body and trim/final shops.

  • Mazda CX-5 2.5 launched: 2WD RM165k, 4WD RM175k


    Also launched in 1 Utama beside the third-gen Mazda 3 is the Mazda CX-5 2.5. Fully imported (CBU) from Japan, the Mazda CX-5 2.5 gets all of the locally-assembled (CKD) 2.0 High Spec‘s equipment, plus an i-stop start/stop system, sunroof and a nine-speaker Bose sound system.

    However, the CX-5 2.5 CBU does not get the 255/55 R19 wheels fitted to the initial batch of CBU 2.0 cars – it continues to ride on the CKD 2.0?s 225/65 R17 alloys.

    The 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine (also found in the Mazda6 2.5) develops 184 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 3,250 rpm, compared to the 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G’s 153 hp at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

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    According to Bermaz Motor MD Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh, the introduction of the CBU 2.5 is due to present production constraints and the long delivery period. Once capacity is increased following the commissioning of the new assembly line, the CX-5 2.5 will be locally produced.

    Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Meteor Grey Mica, Crystal White Pearl Mica, Zeal Red Mica and Aluminium Metallic body colours are available. Prices are thus: RM165,084 for the 2WD and RM175,344 for the 4WD, OTR with insurance. Included is a three-year/100,000 km warranty and three years/60,000 km of free service.

    In comparison, the CKD 2.0 car is priced from RM137k-154k, while the early CBU 2.0 car was priced from RM160k-170k.

  • Mazda CX-5 2.5 CBU available – RM165k-175k est

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    Mazda Malaysia has quietly introduced the Mazda CX-5 2.5 in the country, as evidenced by this price list. Fully imported (CBU) from Japan in limited units, the Mazda CX-5 2.5 appears to get all of the locally-assembled (CKD) 2.0 High Spec‘s equipment, plus an i-stop start/stop system, sunroof and a nine-speaker Bose sound system.

    However, the CX-5 2.5 CBU does not get the 255/55 R19 wheels fitted to the initial batch of CBU 2.0 cars – it continues to ride on the CKD 2.0’s 225/65 R17 alloys. The 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine (also found in the Mazda6 2.5) develops 184 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, compared to the 2.0 litre SkyActiv-G’s 153 hp at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

    Estimated prices are thus: RM165,067 for the 2WD and RM175,327 for the 4WD, OTR with insurance. In comparison, the CKD 2.0 car is priced from RM137k-154k, while the early CBU 2.0 car was priced from RM160k-170k.

    Quite a number of them are already on – see them here.

  • Mazda CX-5 – exports of Malaysian-assembled SUV begin, SkyActiv petrol/diesel units head to Thailand

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    Mazda Malaysia has begun exporting the Mazda CX-5 to Thailand – the first shipment of the Malaysian-assembled SUV, which is built at the Inokom plant in Kedah, began last week when some 200 units were loaded on to a RORO in Port Klang to be shipped to the Kingdom.

    The CX-5 models being exported include the SkyActiv-G 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre petrol versions as well as the SkyActiv-D 2.2 litre diesel. Reports indicate that a further 400 units of the CX-5 will be shipped to Thailand soon. Thailand is the first country in ASEAN and the region to receive the Malaysian-made units.

    While the SkyActiv-D 2.2 variant is assembled locally, the company said that there are no plans to introduce it here, and you can thank the quality of local diesel for that; the Euro-4 compliant oil burner wouldn’t take too kindly to the Euro-2M diesel at the pumps. The 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G version is also not sold locally.

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    Initially launched here in CBU form in May 2012, local assembly of the SUV began in April this year, with three CKD 2.0 variants entering the market in June. The CX-5 is the second Mazda to be locally assembled at the Inokom facility, after the Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback.

    In July 2012, Bermaz Motor, the distributor of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia since 2008, inked a joint venture agreement with Mazda Motor Corporation for a manufacturing programme in Malaysia, with an eye on increasing local assembly and manufacturing activities in the country.

    Mazda’s entry saw the establishment of Mazda Malaysia, which is responsible for both manufacturing and increasing localisation activities to support Bermaz Motor’s sales and marketing efforts. Mazda has a 70% share in the JV, with the rest held by Bermaz.


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Last Updated 12 May 2022