All-new CX-5 ‘renewed, refined and perfected’

FOLLOWING its local manufacturing rollout ceremony at the Kulim, Kedah, plant on Sept 28, Mazda’s “most technologically advanced” model – the all-new CX-5, was launched today. In addition to getting a visually dynamic new look inside and out, the multi award-winning CX-5 benefits from even more advances in Mazda's SkyActiv Technology, as well as industry-leading safety features that will further define the globally popular crossover model.

Refined to an ultimate expression of Mazda’s “Kodo: Soul of Motion” design philosophy, it is presented with a bold, sophisticated and elegant new look. The exterior has been redesigned for a bolder and more dynamic stance to express the feeling of acceleration in one movement. Exterior features include a new honeycomb-style grille and redesigned chrome signature wing. These combined with slimmer front headlights to create a deeply curved masculine expression. At the rear, the new CX-5 receives new rear lights design in a two layer moulded outer lens.

In terms of interior, Mazda introduces a more symmetrical dashboard layout that focuses on driver orientation. The commander console is elevated, surrounding the lower body for better ergonomics, and sense of toughness, stability and control. The seven-inch full colour touchscreen display for the “MZD Connect” Infotainment system has been redesigned and repositioned to the top of the dashboard, close to the driver’s natural line of sight, making it less distracting and easier to see and use. The new Mazda CX-5’s exhibits high level of craftsmanship and built quality; 85% soft touch with genuine leather stitching, and wood and metal finish.

Leading the safety features is G-Vectoring Control (GVC); the essence of Mazda’s SkyActiv-Vehicle Dynamics. GVC is an active safety technology that works harmoniously with the driver. It ensures the vehicle controls its dynamics on an extremely minute level, not capable by drivers themselves, so that driving efficiency is significantly improved. The outcome is seamless, flowing acceleration and cornering like never before.

And then there is Mazda's i-ActivSense. This is a series of advanced safety technologies which make use of detection devices such as milliwave radars and cameras. They include technologies that enhance incidence-free motoring by helping the driver to recognise potential hazards, and pre-crash safety technologies which help to avert collisions or reduce their severity in situations where they cannot be avoided.

Mazda’s i-ActivSense dynamic safety features include:

- Adaptive LED headlights which individually controls a number of LEDs to broaden visibility at low speeds, shape the high beam to help avoid dazzling other drivers and raise beam height at highway speeds to extend vision area.
- Adaptive Front-Lighting System, whereby the headlights are specifically designed to help you see around corners at night. As the driver turns into a corner, the headlights pivot up to 15 degrees in the direction of the turn, improving visibility and allowing driver to spot potential hazards and dangers ahead.
- Smart City Brake System monitors the vehicle in front or rear to access the likelihood of a collision. If a high risk is detected it issues visual and audio warnings, and primes the brakes for a faster response. If the driver doesn’t brake, SCBS brakes automatically.
- Lane Departure Warning System automatically senses lane marking on the road and alerts driver when it predicts the vehicle is going to unintentionally depart from its lane.
- Blind Spot Monitoring helps detect and alert when objects are in your left and right blind spots by activating a door mirror mounted warning light on the relevant side of the vehicle. If you then indicate prior to turning, the warning lights flashes with an audible alert bleep.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert system will alert driver when it detects vehicles approaching from either side during reverse operation. Lane-Keep Assist System adds to Lane Departure Warning System by performing minor steering corrections to re-centre the vehicle in its lane upon sensing an unintentional lane departure.
- Driver Attention Alert reduces accidents caused by inattentiveness due to driver fatigue. The system comes into play at speeds above 65km/h and begins to “learn” the driver’s habits, watching inputs and the vehicle’s movements in the early stages before fatigue becomes a factor.

The new Mazda CX-5 has been awarded with the highest overall rating of five-stars on safety performance by European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) and Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP), and also the “Top Safety Pick+” award by the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS).

The new CX-5 is available in SkyActiv-G 2.0L, SkyActiv 2.5L and SkyActiv-D 2.2L. All are equipped with SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The 2.0L and 2.5L are only available with two-wheel-drive, and the 2.2L is available in two- and four-wheel-drive variants.

Selling price for the 2.0L starts from RM134,205.50, 2.5L from RM160,596.70, and 2.2L from RM164,179.10 (all prices on-the-road, with GST and without insurance).

It is available in eight colour choices; Soul Red Crystal*, Machine Grey*, Snowflake White Pearl*, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver, Meteor Grey, Jet Black and Arctic White.
* “Premium” colours that require an additional RM 2,000.

“The exceptional depth and lustre of premium colours are a result Mazda’s evolutionary Takuminuri painting technology, which gives vehicles a precise high-quality finish that looks like it has been hand-sprayed by a master craftsman. The new paint retains a simple three-layer structure comprising clear, translucent and reflective coats. The translucent layer of the new paint features a high chroma colour pigment. The reflective coat features light-absorbing flakes and aluminium flakes that were made in uniform size and horizontally aligned to reflect light.