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Mazda Philippines definitely brought out the big guns at this year’s Manila International Auto Show. The Japanese carmaker launched three all-new vehicles for the local market: the CX-5 crossover, the CX-9 premium midsize SUV, and the MX-5 RF fastback. If you were present for the unveiling of all three, you’ll know it was quite a show.

Yes, the company put on quite a production pulling the sheets off its latest arrival—Joey Mead King, dramatic music and all. But let’s get to what’s really important: what’s under the hood, inside the cabin, and how much it’s all going to cost. Now we’ve already released the official prices of the MX-5 RF, so we’ll move forward to the CX-5.

You’ll be glad to know there’s plenty to choose from here. The all-new crossover comes in three different variants, each with a different Skyactiv engine. The base model will pack a 2.0-liter engine capable of 153hp and 200Nm, the AWD Sport variant gets a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 187hp and 251Nm, while the priciest CX-5 runs on a 2.2-liter diesel engine capable of 173hp and 420Nm.

All three CX-5 variants come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle features updated looks, highlighted by sleeker headlights, more refined proportions and a beautiful new front grille. The entire range now also comes with Mazda’s revolutionary G-Vectoring Control technology. Below are the official prices:

* Mazda CX-5 2.0L Pro – P1.550 million

* Mazda CX-5 2.5L AWD Sport – P1.850 million

* Mazda CX-5 2.2L Skyactiv-D AWD – P2.2 million

Next up we have the all-new CX-9. The SUV will be available in just one variant, packing a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-Turbo engine (yes, turbo) which churns out a burly 227hp and 420Nm. Looks-wise, the CX-9 features a drastically redone exterior with a more muscular front end, new head and taillight designs, and a luxurious new interior. It’s been available elsewhere for a while, so its Philippine arrival is much appreciated. Below is the price:

* Mazda CX-9 2.5L Skyactiv-Turbo AWD – P2.780 million

Mazda Philippines president Steven Tan expressed confidence that the three new arrivals will uphold the same core values the company has stood for over the years: “Always, Mazda’s goal is to blend refined styling, human-centered technologies, and groundbreaking innovations to create a unique lineup of products that engage and inspire owners,” he said.

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The launch and availability of the three all-new Mazdas signal an exciting year ahead for the Japanese carmaker. Frankly, we can’t wait to get behind their wheel ourselves. If you’re planning on catching all three of them at the ongoing Manila International Auto Show at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, you still have until Sunday.















 

Drei Laurel
Online Editorial Assistant
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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