Amidst the excitement at this morning’s official launch event of the Mazda 3 SkyActiv Sedan, Bermaz Motor also showed off another model to the country, in the form of their CBU 2014 Mazda CX-5 2.5-litre variant. The compact SUV was launched in two variants, one being a 2WD option, the other a 4WD.
Here are its prices, on the road with insurance:
· 2014 Mazda CX-5 2.5-litre 2WD: RM165,083
· 2014 Mazda CX-5 2.5-litre 4WD: RM175,343
Although both CBUs here sit at a minimum of a RM30,000 premium over the entry-level 2WD CKD CX-5, the arrival of its CBU 2.5-litre CX-5 could help appease some of the massive demands being placed for the CX-5 locally. Yes, you may already be aware of the influx of Mazda CX-5s on the road that isn’t seemingly stopping.
So what’s new?
Well, with all CX-5 variants in the past only packing 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G units, the 2.5-litre here (shared with the Mazda 6 2.5) comes equipped with more power: 29hp and 50Nm of torque more, amount to 184hp and 250Nm of torque on tap from 3,250rpm. Power is transmitted to the road via a SkyActiv-DRIVE six-speed automatic gearbox.
Then you have a few updates with its specifications, which if you remember, are all nearly identical to what’s available on the High-Spec 2.0 CKD version, but for a few additions. These additions (included as standard) are:
· Electric Sunroof
· Nine-speaker Bose sound system
Then you have what’s already available on the CX-5 2.0 High-Spec:
· Bi-Xenon headlamps with AF-S (Auto levelling and auto on/off)
· Smart Start system with Push Start
· Daytime running lights
· Wipers with rain sensors
· Electrically adjustable driver seat
· Leather seats
· Auto cruise
· Six airbags (dual front, side, curtain)
· Smart keyless entry
· Anti-lock brakes, Electronic brake force distribution, Brake assist
· Dynamic Stability Control
· Traction Control
Buyer’s Guide: Should you buy one?
Considering that the waiting list for a CKD Mazda CX-5 is a bit extensive at the moment, the CBU version is undoubtedly an attractive offer for those who want to override the wait, and can afford the difference.
It is a fully-imported from Japan vehicle, so quality is ensured (not that we had any issues to report on with its CKD units), and it does come with a few more bits of kit as standard.
Bermaz Motor will also throw in for you its three-year Free Maintenance package, while the colours you have to choose from include: Meteor Grey, Arctic White, Aluminium Metallic and Sky Blue Mica.