The Philippines recently received three newly updated Mazda models, namely the Mazda6, CX-9, and the MX-5. The models were unveiled in a rather classy beach party in Bonifacio Global City. Apparently, in Japan, there’s an updated CX-5 with a more technologically advanced G-Vectoring Control Plus.
The updated CX-5 is dubbed as the first Mazda model in Japan to house the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G turbocharged engine. The top-range variant will be the Exclusive Mode special edition, which boasts exclusive materials promised to create a look of warmth and modernity. Although there aren’t any changes in the exterior, the updates are found deep within how the crossover performs.
The SkyActiv-G 2.5 inline-four turbocharged engine, unlike its diesel counterpart, offers a more powerful and refined driving experience. This even made the CX-5 a more obedient car when it comes to acceleration, where it is promised to respond better even at low RPMs. Of course, there’s still the 2.2 SkyActiv-D diesel variant but with a twist – it now has a six-speed manual transmission paired to the mill. It’s quite exciting if it ever gets introduced in the Philippine market, as the range is offered with only automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, CX-5's highest grade, Exclusive Mode special edition, features finely-crafted interior with high-quality materials like Nappa leather and actual woodgrain decorative panels. These create a more pleasing cabin ambience that seamlessly blends with how the crossover looks like on the outside.
Beyond the aforementioned upgrades, the CX-5 has a fleet of new safety and convenience features for the Japan market. A new member of the Advance Smart City Braking Support (Advanced SCBS) tech is the Night Time Pedestrian Detection, which detects pedestrians even at low lights. The Japanese market also gets a Mazda Connect car-connectivity system compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time.
To make the CX-5 worthier for anticipations, Mazda has equipped it with the new G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) to further improve its handling. This update of the the original G-Vectoring Control system (the first SkyActiv-Vehicle Dynamics series), utilizes the brakes for additional yaw moment control.
GVC Plus’ application is observed when the steering is returned to center after curving out a corner. The system then applies light braking force to the outer wheels to stabilize the vehicle, steering it straight in position while maintaining the car’s motion. The GVC Plus can track sudden steering inputs and sharp exit corners with smooth transitions between yaw, roll, and pitch.
The updated Mazda CX-5's Japan price tag ranges from 2,570,400 yen to 3,882,600 yen. That’s roughly P1.2 million to P1.9 million if we are to convert it to our currency, but before taxes apply. It is currently being offered in Japan with 11 trims, all of which has a front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.
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