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Mazda’s Skyactive lineup receives a new member today, and it is the new Mazda5 MPV. The people-carrier now gets full treatment of the Skyactiv technology and joins the likes of the CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda3, and Biante in the family.

Under the hood, the MPV gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine mated to a six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission. Total output for the new engine is 149 hp and 190 Nm of torque, which is a significant increase compared to the old 2.0-litre mill in the non-Skyactiv model.

The new 5 does 0 to 100 km/h in just 11.4 seconds with a top speed of 194 km/h. With I-Stop start/stop system included, the MPV claims a combined EC fuel economy of 6.6 litres per 100 km.

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While retaining most design elements of its predecessor, the vehicle receives a host of new features in the cabin. It now has dual headrest monior, a large vehicle info display and a central screen that displays navigation, a rear view camera as well as CD, DVD, MP3 and USB connectivity, of which can be located beneath the shift lever panel.

Other equipment in the cabin includes driver and passenger’s side panel trays, cupholders, steering-mounted audio controls and rear ventilation system with two vents at the rear.

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Meanwhile, the Karakuri seventh seat is placed in the middle of the second row. The armrest first folds up to form the backrest of the seventh seat, then the cushion of the seat on the left is flipped forward to reveal the seat cushion for the Karakuri seat, which fits between the two seats when folded out.

There is also a utility box that is stored beneath the cushion of the right second-row seat. This gives passengers on the second row a pair of cupholders with a storage net for small items. A 6.3-litre compartment becomes available beneath the seat cushion when the seventh seat or utility box is in use. Safety-wise, the MPV is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, DSC and TCS.

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The new Mazda5 is available in four colour choices – Aluminium Metallic, Crystal White Pearl Mica, Grey Mica, and Jet Black Mica – with a price tag of RM153,019 OTR without insurance.



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