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22 March 2012

Mazda's CX-5 tipped to arrive in April; Prices start at P1,392,000

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mazda Motor Corporation 
Just a week ago, Mazda Philippines divulged that three all-new models are headed our way in the second quarter of 2012. It was pretty obvious that the first two models are the all-new Mazda 3 and BT-50, but we were still in the dark about the third. After a bit of internet scouring, we were all stumped when a little bird told us that, barely eight months since its world debut in Frankfurt, the all-new CX-5 is ready to hit the local showrooms in April.
Sculpted with Mazda's new “KODO - Soul of Motion” design theme, the CX-5 pushes the design envelope of what a Japanese SUV should look like. And with the abundance of curved surfaces and prominent fenders, it's able to achieve a drag coefficient of just 0.33. According to initial specs, it should feature Bi-Xenon HID headlights with auto on/off and auto leveling, daytime running lights, fog lamps, and LED tail lights. 
The new crossover SUV accommodates five passengers in absolute comfort and has the world's first 40/20/40 split independent rear seats. Luggage space is a generous 500 liters and can be expanded to a colossal 1,852 liters with the rear seats folded flat. And keeping up with the latest tech, the CX-5 boasts a 5.8-inch color touch screen infotainment system that includes audio, phone connectivity, and navigation systems with an HMI (Human Machine Interface) controller on the center console. Elements such as leather seats, dual-zone auto climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, engine start/stop button, and a six-speaker BOSE sound systemare to be included as standard equipment.
As the first Mazda to be fitted with the new SKYACTIV-G technology, the CX-5's four-cylinder 2.0L gasoline engine produces 153 horsepower and 210 Nm of torque and boasts a fuel efficiency of as much as 16.7 km/L. Only available in front-wheel-drive, transmission options include a six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE auto and a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission. It's still a toss-up though if the local units will have an engine idle stop system. 
Sources say that showroom prices will reach P1,392,000 for the 2.0L SKYACTIV-G manual and P1,452,000 for the 2.0L SKYACTIV-G auto. That makes it only P43,000 cheaper than the CX-7, which hints that the CX-5 will indeed be its timely replacement. Just don't be too hopeful that its advanced safety features such as Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), Rear Vehicle Monitoring System (RVM), and Land Departure Warning will be included in the price tag. When it finally arrives in April, the CX-5 will be offered in seven colors: Crystal White Pearl Mica, Liquid Silver Metallic, Metropolitan Gray Mica, Black Mica, Sky Blue Mica, Stormy Blue Mica, and Zeal Red Mica.