More than a makeover

> Mazda’s sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion cross­over SUV is an im­pres­sive evo­lu­tion of its pre­de­ces­sor

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

THE all-new Mazda CX-5, launched on Wednesday, has been re­fined to an “ul­ti­mate ex­pres­sion of Mazda’s Kodo: Soul of Mo­tion” de­sign philosophy, and has a bold, so­phis­ti­cated and el­e­gant new look. Its 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 com­bine with slim­mer front head­lights to cre­ate a deeply curved “mas­cu­line ex­pres­sion”. At the rear, the CX-5 re­ceives new rear light de­sign in a two-layer moulded outer lens.

Inside, there is a more sym­met­ri­cal dash­board lay­out that fo­cuses on driver ori­en­ta­tion. The com­man­der con­sole is el­e­vated, sur­round­ing the lower body for bet­ter er­gonomics, and projects a 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. Over­all, the new CX-5’s in­te­rior ex­hibits a high(er) level of crafts­man­ship and build qual­ity, with 85% soft touch ma­te­rial with gen­uine stitched leather, and wood and metal fin­ish. en­sures the ve­hi­cle con­trols its dy­nam­ics on an ex­tremely minute level, not ca­pa­ble by the drivers them­selves, so that driv­ing ef­fi­ciency is sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved. The out­come is seam­less, flow­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion and cor­ner­ing like never be­fore. * Sky­Ac­tiv-Ve­hi­cle Dy­nam­ics’ tech­nolo­gies pro­vide in­te­grated con­trol of the en­gine, trans­mis­sion, chas­sis and body to en­hance “a sense of con­nect­ed­ness be­tween car and driver that dif­fer­en­ti­ates Mazda ve­hi­cles from oth­ers”.

And then there is Mazda’s i-Ac­tivSense, which is a se­ries of ad­vanced safety tech­nolo­gies that 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. The I-Ac­tivSense in­cludes:

which in­di­vid­u­ally con­trol 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 LED head­lights 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 the 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, the SCBS brakes au­to­mat­i­cally.

Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing Sys­tem

au­to­mat­i­cally senses lane mark­ings on the road and alerts driver when it pre­dicts the ve­hi­cle is going to un­in­ten­tion­ally de­part from its lane. adds to Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing Sys­tem by per­form­ing mi­nor steer­ing cor­rec­tions to re­cen­tre the ve­hi­cle in its lane upon sens­ing an un­in­ten­tional lane de­par­ture.

helps de­tect­ing and alert­ing the driver when ob­jects are in the driver’s left and right blind spots, by ac­ti­vat­ing a door mir­ror mounted warn­ing light on the rel­e­vant side of the ve­hi­cle. If the driver doesn’t in­di­cate prior to turn­ing, the warn­ing lights will flash with an au­di­ble alert bleep.

Lane-Keep As­sist Sys­tem Blind Spot Mon­i­tor­ing Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert

sys­tem will alert the driver when it de­tects ve­hi­cles ap­proach­ing from ei­ther side dur­ing re­verse op­er­a­tion.

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 CX-5 has been awarded with the high­est over­all rat­ing of five-stars on safety per­for­mance by Euro­pean New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gramme (Euro NCAP) and Ja­pan New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gramme (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 five vari­ants: 2.0G 2WD GL, 2.0G 2WD GLS, 2.5G 2WD GLS, 2.2D 2WD GLS and 2.2D AWD. All are equipped with SkyAc­tivDrive six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with man­ual shift mode. The 2.0G and 2.5G are petrol-pow­ered and only two-wheeldriven, while the diesel-pow­ered 2.2D is avail­able in two- and four-wheel-drive vari­ants.

The 2.0-litre vari­ants put out 162hp and 210Nm of torque (com­pared to 155hp and 200Nm be­fore). The 2.5-litre vari­ant gives 192hp and 257Nm (185hp and 250Nm be­fore), and the diesel vari­ants put out just 173hp, but has an im­pres­sive 420Nm of torque ex­pected of diesel en­gine.

There are eight colour choices: Soul Red Crys­tal, Ma­chine Grey, Snowflake White Pearl, Deep Crys­tal Blue, Sonic Sil­ver, Me­teor Grey, Jet Black and Arc­tic White.

Prices for the new CX-5 are:

2.0G 2WD GL: RM134,205.50. 2.0G 2WD GLS: RM148,205.50. 2.5G 2WD GLS: RM160,596.70. 2.2D 2WD GLS: RM164,179.10. 2.2D AWD: RM174,779.10.

All prices are for on-the-road, with­out in­sur­ance, with GST, for pri­vate reg­is­tra­tion in Penin­sula Malaysia and solid colours. Metal­lic colours re­quire an ad­di­tional RM400.

Soul Red Crys­tal, Ma­chine Grey and Snowflake White Pearl are “pre­mium” colours. Ap­pli­ca­ble to all vari­ants, they re­quire an ad­di­tional RM2,000.

Mazda states that their ex­cep­tional depth and lus­tre are a re­sult the com­pany’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.

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