Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mazda’s latest CX-5, CX-9, and MX-5 RF models make Philippine debut at the 2017 MIAS

Mazda Philippines once again placed a dominant display at the recent 2017 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, by launching no less than three exciting new models; the latest CX-5 five-seat crossover, the all-new CX-9 seven-seat premium crossover, and the highly anticipated MX-5 RF retractable hardtop sports car.

Also showcased at the MIAS were the new offerings of the Mazda Philippines lineup for 2017: The Mazda6 Sports Wagon with GVC, the Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D, the Mazda3 Speed with GVC, the Mazda2 Premium Edition, the Mazda2 RS, the championship-winning Mazda 2 Philippine Touring Car Championship race car, and the new 2017 BT-50 pickup truck.

“While the all-new CX-5, the all-new CX-9, and the much-awaited MX-5 RF have distinct characteristics that allow each of them to cater to different sets of buyers, they all share the same core values that Mazda has upheld over the years,” says Steven Tan, President and CEO of Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country. “Always, Mazda’s goal is to blend refined styling, human-centered technologies, and groundbreaking innovations to create unique lineup of products that engage and inspire owners not just when they are in the car, but also in every aspect of ownership. Jinba-ittai, or the concept of ‘horse and rider as one,’ thus becomes more than a tactile connection between man and machine—it turns into a strong emotional bond as well.

"Along with all of Mazda Philippines’ offerings, the three new models also come with YOJIN3, the automotive industry’s most comprehensive preventive maintenance service package which includes free PMS, emergency roadside assistance and concierge service for three years, or 60,000-kilometers, whichever comes first.

The all-new Mazda CX-5 
New dimensions of driving pleasure 

After establishing itself as a core model accounting for approximately 25% of Mazda’s annual sales, the CX-5 aims to strengthen this status with a more sophisticated design and advanced systems that elevate the driving experience for both driver and passengers alike. The second edition of Mazda’s first full SKYACTIV model features an evolution of the Kodo – Soul of Motion design based on the idea of “Refined Toughness,” while the revised interior layout and details adhere to a human-centered approach in line with the jinba-ittai principle.

The most noteworthy feature of the new CX-5 is G-Vectoring Control (GVC), the first system under the new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies. This innovative system controls lateral and longitudinal forces acting on the car by actively adjusting engine torque in response to throttle, braking, and steering inputs. By effectively reducing the sideways motion of the cabin, it not only inspires more confidence in the driver, but also provides a smoother and more comfortable journey for all the occupants.

The all-new CX-5 lineup comprises three variants: the FWD Pro, powered by the 2.0- liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine; the AWD Sport, motivated by the 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine; and the AWD Sport Diesel, propelled by the 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D turbocharged diesel engine. Standard across the range is the SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission and the i-STOP engine idling stop function. On AWD variants, Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV AWD system minimizes wheel slippage when driving on wet or uneven terrain.

All variants get six airbags, an Anti-Lock Braking System with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, and Dynamic Stability Control. Exclusive to the range-topping AWD Sport Diesel are Adaptive LED Headlamps, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Warning.

In addition to the existing palette of colors, two new premium hues will highlight the second coming of Mazda’s top-selling crossover. Machine Grey is the latest color to accentuate the KODO: Soul of Motion design. With its strong contrast between light and shadow as well as its sleek, high-density finish, this all-new color gives the impression that the vehicle is sculpted from a solid steel ingot. The second new color, Soul Red Crystal, is a more advanced rendition of the signature Mazda shade. It features 20 percent more saturation and 50 percent more depth than Soul Red. With a three layer-structure of clear, reflective and translucent coats, newly developed red pigments and a high concentration of high-brilliance aluminum and light-absorbing flakes, Crystal Soul Red takes Mazda’s philosophy of ‘color is an element of form’ to a whole new level.

The all-new Mazda CX-9 
An indulgent experience of quality, comfort, and driving pleasure 

Meanwhile, the second-generation CX-9 combines premium quality, superior ride comfort, and exhilarating driving dynamics to support and enhance every aspect of its owners’ multi-faceted lives. Its exterior wears a highly refined expression of the Kodo – Soul of Motion design to convey stability and a contained sense of energy ready to be unleashed. The interior, which features a high level of fit and finish usually seen on vehicles of a higher class, boasts details and materials that evoke an air of comfort, serenity, and ultimate sophistication.

At the heart of the all-new CX-9 is the groundbreaking SKYACTIV-G 2.5T in-line fourcylinder gasoline engine, which has been included in the Ward’s “10 Best Engines” for 2017 list. It delivers effortless acceleration through bountiful torque delivery, while returning top-notch fuel economy. The 2.5-liter engine is fitted with Mazda’s unique Dynamic Pressure Turbo, the world’s first turbocharger that can vary the degree of exhaust pulsation depending on engine speed. Peak output figures of 230ps at 5,000rpm and 420Nm from a low 2,000rpm are also achieved with the use of a 4-3-1 exhaust and an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system.

Matched with the highly innovative engine is the proven SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission, which works in tandem with the predictive i-ACTIV AWD system to direct torque to the rear wheels as necessary based on information from 27 different sensors. Also yielding improvements in driver control, chassis dynamics, and performance is the weight reduction of approximately 130kg compared with the previous model. All this leads to a greater sense of confidence for the driver, and a more stable and comfortable ride for all the occupants.

Available in AWD Sport trim, the Philippine-market CX-9 packs advanced features such as the Mazda Connect infotainment system, a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, an improved Multi-Function Display and Active Driving Display, automatic climate controls, and a power liftgate. Standard safety equipment include an Anti-Lock Braking System with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Dynamic Stability Control, Adaptive LED Headlamps, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keep Assist.

The Mazda MX-5 RF 
Bringing the joy of open-top driving to a wider audience 

Last but not least, the new MX-5 RF introduces the hardtop version of the fourth-generation MX-5. Its name denotes the ‘retractable’ roof and ‘fastback’ styling, which, together, create a unique and more premium open-top driving experience that will attract an even wider audience, while preserving the unchanging values MX-5 fans have admired since the release of the original model.

Composed of front, middle, and rear sections as well as the back window glass, the MX-5 RF’s retractable roof realizes a beautiful fastback silhouette that characterizes all iconic sports car designs. When the driver opts to put the top down, everything save for the rear roof section is stowed behind the seats. This creates a unique design feature not seen on any other hardtop model on the market, and at the same time promotes a pleasing sense of freedom combined with a reassuring feeling of being wrapped securely in the cabin.

The retractable roof is designed to allow for quick opening or closing at the flip of a switch—a mere 13 seconds for the entire sequence—even when the car is running at speeds of 10kph or less. The folded roof sections and the power-folding mechanism do not eat into the trunk space, which remains at 130L—the same as that of the soft-top model. Benefitting from its hardtop, the MX-5 RF improves ride quietness and heightens the feeling of high quality within the cabin.

Philippine-market MX-5 RF come with either black or Nappa leather options while Machine Gray paint further enhances the nameplate’s color lineup. The 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine paired with the SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission powers all MX-5 variants. Also standard for the MX-5 line are the i-STOP engine idling stop system and the i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

A bigger and improved 2017 Mazda Collection 

For 2017, the Mazda6 Sports Wagon leads the nameplate’s SKYACTIV-G range which all come standard with G-Vectoring Control system under the new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS suite of technologies. GVC aims to provide a smoother drive, more responsive handling and superior ride comfort befitting of a full-size executive sedan. The Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D variant, meanwhile, delivers a cutting-edge diesel driving experience that matches smooth dynamic performance with superior fuel economy.

Further reinforcing the 2017 model lineup, the CX-3 Freestyle Crossover Vehicle in Activ All-Wheel Drive trim will also take the spotlight. Meanwhile, buyers in the compact car segment gain exciting new choices in three top-of-the-line models: the smarter, sleeker 2017 Mazda3 Speed, which also comes with GVC, the stylish Mazda2 Premium Series and the top-end Mazda2 RS.

Finally, being showcased at the MIAS outdoor exhibit area is the latest BT-50 pickup. The 2017 model of the stylish truck boasts refreshed exterior design cues that go hand in hand with its proven off-road capabilities.

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