Mazda has launched its all new MX-5 RF, the hardtop version of the carmaker’s notable roadster, available with manual or automatic transmission, priced at RM242,717.29 for the manual and RM248,182.65 for the automatic, OTR with insurance.

The MX-5 RF is powered by a 2.0L SkyActiv-G in-line four-cylinder DOHC 16 valve engine that generates 158hp at 6,000rpm and 200Nm at 4,000rpm, paired to either a manual or automatic transmission with manual shift mode, both six-speed SkyActiv-Drive.

Besides the retractable hardtop, the MX-5 RF’s new features include a 4.6-inch full-colour TFT gauge and a seven-inch Mazda Connect touchscreen infotainment system as well as a nine-speaker Bose audio system with integrated headrest-mounted speakers, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, and LED headlights and tail lights.

Safety-wise, the roadster is equipped with adaptive front-lighting system (AFS), four airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), dynamic stability control (DSC), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist (EBA) lane departure warning system (LDWS) and traction control system (TCS).

Other technology includes i-Stop, which automatically shuts down the engine when on idle, and i-Eloop, which captures energy lost during deceleration and saves it, using the stored electricity to power the car’s electrical equipment.

It’s available in four colour choices – Soul Red Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Machine Grey and Jet Black.

At the same event, Mazda also introduced its latest technology, G-Vectoring Control (GVC), which gives the car better steering, better control and less fatigue for the driver due to less need to make adjustments to the steering.

When cornering, on initial turn-in and throughout, the system works by adjusting power delivery and shifting vehicle weight, giving a more stable ride.

GVC controls the G-Force in the vehicle by reducing engine torque based on steering and acceleration input of the driver.

We tested out the technology for ourselves on a circuit, and compared to cars not equipped with the technology, we could feel the difference GVC gives in the driving experience.

It felt more stable and balanced, and we had more confidence at corners when behind the wheel of the cars equipped with GVC.

Even as a passenger, the difference could be felt as we didn’t lean as much at corners, whether we were in the front or the back.

Introduced in the 2017 model year Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-3, Mazda said the technology enhances its Jinba-Ittai – a “sense of connectedness between car and driver”, which is a concept the company integrates in all its models.

The MX-5 RF doesn’t receive GVC, as Mazda said it would interfere with the “pure driving experience” which enthusiasts enjoy in a roadster.

Besides the addition of GVC, the new Mazda3 also boasts improved NVH damping, as well as some exterior tweaks including a bolder grille, LED headlights and tail lights.

It comes in both sedan and hatchback variants, and is available in four colours – Arctic White, Blue Reflex, Meteor Grey and Aluminium Metallic.

The Mazda3 is priced from RM113,598.79 for the Sedan GL, from RM129,012.19 for the Sedan High Spec and from RM132,094.87 for the Hatchback, OTR with insurance.

Both SkyActiv-G and SkyActiv-D versions of the Mazda6 come standard with GVC, and also received minor enhancements to its exterior and interior, including an exterior side turn light enlargement, as well as improved steering wheel design and display of the head-up unit and Multi-Info Display (MID).

Mazda6 SkyActiv-G is available in both Sedan and Touring variants, while the SkyActiv-D is only available in the Sedan variant, both come in seven colour choices – Soul Red Metallic, Sonic Silver, Deep Crystal Blue, Snowflake White Pearl, Meteor Grey, Machine Grey and Jet Black.

The SkyActiv-G variants are priced at RM170,407.58 for the 2.0L Sedan, RM206,896.70 for the 2.5L Sedan and RM211,006.94 for the 2.5L Touring, while the SkyActiv-D is priced RM215,264.70, OTR with insurance.

The CX-3, also with GVC, received enhancements including exterior side door garnishing and an addition of two exterior colours – Eternal Blue Mica, Machine Grey Metallic.

Other than the two new colours, it’s also available in Soul Red Metallic, Ceramic Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue, Snowflake White Pearl Mica and Jet Black, and is priced at RM138,373.25 OTR with insurance.

Also launched was the CX-9, the very first Mazda to feature Mazda’s breakthrough SkyActiv-G 2.5T petrol engine, which produces 228hp at 5,000rpm and 420Nm at 2,000rpm, mated to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

The version introduced at the launch is the Australian spec model, while the local Malaysians specifications will be introduced in the third quarter of the year.

It’s available in either 2WD or 4WD in five colours – Sonic Silver, Deep Crystal Blue, Snowflake White Pearl, Machine Grey and Jet Black, priced at RM316,788 for the 2WD variant and RM333,129 for the 4WD variant, OTR with insurance.

Meanwhile, Bermaz also launched the Mazda Mobile Service Unit to provide Mazda owners with car servicing and maintenance at their doorstep.

Types of service include providing scheduled maintenance for vehicles within the three years/60,000km time period, inspection and replacement of battery, wiper blades, brake pads, brake fluids and auto-transmission fluid.

The Mazda Mobile Service Unit carries an extensive list of equipment including a fully equipped tool set, 2.5 tonne aluminium quick-jack capable of lifting a CX-5 and BT-50, the Mazda Mobile Diagnostic System (MMDS) to conduct assessments on various electronic circuits and a generator on-board for electricity consumption, among others.

Bermaz has invested over RM500,000 in the unit, which is currently only available in Klang Valley and Penang.



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