Bermaz Motor (Mazda Malaysia) today released the new Mazda5 SKYACTIV in conjunction with the Zoom-zoom Roadtour at the Sunway Pyramid New Wing’s Orange concourse. The SKYACTIV compact MPV introduced today is based on the third-generation Mazda5.

The 3rd-generation Mazda5 came about in 2010, and Mazda’s compact MPV shares plenty of similarities to the 2nd-gen Mazda3. Following its timely exterior and interior updates in February last year, the Mazda5 was announced for the European markets; prior to the inclusion of the SKYACTIV Technology package.

Now, the Mazda5 SKYACTIV has arrived on the domestic scene; courtesy of Bermaz Motor to appease the compact MPV crowd or buyers who want a vehicle with a sedan-like handling in a not-so-large Multi-purpose vehicle body. At the front end, the familiar front five-point grille and ‘smiley’ interface differentiates the MPV from the Mazda Biante and its large sibling Mazda8. At the same time, the projector headlights and rounded foglights blend rather nicely to the front fascia’s tips. The “Nagare flow” has been retained from the previous edition, depicting sculpted body sides and rounded-off wide rear-end rather gracefully. Wheel arches are slight, but do enough to accentuate the standard 16-inch wheels and 205/55R16 tyres. A mid-sized spoiler compliments the combination rear lights and huge boot lid well enough.

Inside, the cabin has the ‘Nagare flow’ motif too with the instrument panel flowing from the cockpit to the center and on to the passenger side dashboard. Even the seat patterns have the Nagare flow element, particularly towards the second- and third-row seats. The cockpit gets contemporary, sporty trims on the steering, gear knob (with chrome-plated trimmings), air-conditioning louvres, rear a/c vents, door handles and dial switches. The Mazda5 fits 6 or 7 people, hence its 6+One denomination.

Carrying on from its predecessor, the Mazda5 SKYACTIV retains the ‘Karakuri’ foldable seventh seat that houses a storage compartment (utility box) and promotes easy access for rear occupants. Then, there’s the powered doors that make loading goods and in, out access a whole lot easier. Additionally, there are 9 storage compartments all around the Mazda5 SKYACTIV. Just for the Mazda5 SKYACTIV, rear LCD displays, which works with the front’s main touchscreen, are input to the front seats’ headrests for the viewing pleasure of the rear occupants.

With the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine, activated by the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with i-STOP, the Mazda5 churns 149 hp and 190 Nm of torque effortlessly. Front MacPherson struts and rear multi-link sustain the Mazda5 SKYACTIV’s impactful driving dynamics and a minimum turning radius of just 5.3 meters.

The Mazda5 SKYACTIV is offered at RM157,279.00 on-the-road with insurance in four colors: Aluminium Metallic, Crystal White Pearl Mica, Meteor Grey Mica, and Jet Black Mica. Get up, close and personal with it at the Sunway Pyramid through the weekend…

2014 Mazda5 SKYACTIV images