Just two months after Berjaya Auto Philippines--Mazda's official distributor in the Philippines--launched the all-new Mazda 6, the distributor has now brought in the CX-5 AWD Sport equipped with a 2.5-liter engine, a newly developed all-wheel-drive system, the fuel-saving i-Stop system, "and even more comfort, convenience, styling, and safety features."
The 2.5-liter engine has an output of 185hp and 250Nm of torque. Some of the features of the mill are a 13:1 compression ratio, 4-2-1 exhaust layout, gasoline direct-injection, and continuously variable sequential valve timing on the intake and exhaust. Thanks to these advances in engine technology, the new powerplant is 10% lighter and has 30% less internal engine friction, allowing it to have 15% lower fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions plus 15% more torque at low and midrange revs compared to the previous 2.5L MZR engine. The real clincher is that despite its advanced design, the Skyactiv-G engine can run on regular RON91 unleaded gasoline without sacrificing engine performance.
Another fuel-saving feature of the CX-5 AWD Sport is the i-Stop system, which idles the engine by switching off the powerplant automatically when the car comes to a complete stop and quickly restarts it via a "combustion start method" that relies on optimum piston positioning and combustion power for faster restart times and less energy usage.
Putting the power down to all four wheels is Mazda's Skyactiv-Drive, "which puts together all the advantages of conventional manual and automatic gearboxes, CVTs and dual-clutch transmissions in a responsive but efficient six-speed automatic package." With its torque converter featuring a full-range lockup clutch that enables an early lockup between the engine and the transmission for a more direct driving feel and improved fuel economy, the CX-5 AWD Sport is very responsive to gas-pedal input, providing smooth, steady acceleration or quick bursts of speed as the situation demands.
As the CX-5 range's premium variant, the CX-5 AWD Sport has a lot of added exterior and interior styling elements, multimedia functionality, electronic aids, and safety systems.
On the outside, the compact crossover now sports bi-xenon headlights with auto on/off, auto leveling, and adaptive front steering capabilities; 19-inch alloy rims; and a sunroof. Inside, the leather upholstery and door trim add to the cabin's sporty feel, while the driver sits on an eight-way, power-adjustable seat. In-car entertainment also gets another step up with a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
Other new features of the CX-5 AWD Sport are: a tire-pressure monitoring system; an immobilizer; a burglar alarm and keyless entry system; reversing camera and parking sensors; a blind-spot monitoring system; and a lane-departure warning system.
With all the new features on the CX-5 AWD Sport, Mazda Philippines has priced it at P1.685 million, P233,000 more expensive than the slushbox-equipped, 2.0-liter, front-wheel-drive CX-5.
The Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport will officially be launched on Father's Day weekend, June 14 to 16, at Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.
Photos by Chino Acosta