Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country has just launched all-new variants of the highly acclaimed Mazda6 Executive Sedan and the CX-5 compact Sport Utility Vehicle.
Featuring Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV-D diesel engine technology, the all-new Mazda6 and CX-5 diesel come equipped with a 2.2-Liter two-stage turbocharged motor that produces 173 horsepower and 420 Newton-meter of torque. More remarkable is lowest in the world diesel engine compression 14:1, the SKYACTIV-D is Mazda’s answer to the quest for lower emission, high combustion efficiency, more power and torque and superior fuel economy.
“The Mazda Skyactiv-D diesel engine is amongst the most advanced in the world, and with the availability of low-sulfur Euro4 Diesel fuel, we are proud to be able to introduce the engine into not one, but two of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Mazda6 executive sedan and the CX-5 compact crossover.” reveals Berjaya Auto Philippines President Steven Tan. “SKYACTIV-D is the cleanest and most fuel efficient diesel engine available in the market and our customers deserve the best that Mazda can deliver.”
To put the all-new Mazda6 and CX-5 diesel to the test, 30 motoring journalists were invited to the SKYACTIV-Discovery Press Ride and Drive event for them to experience the Skyactiv-D engine in both vehicles. The 114-kilometer drive to the resort town of Mabini near Anilao, Batangas started from the newly opened Mazda Makati showroom. After a brief product overview by Mr. Chiaki Santo of Powertrain Planning Development from Mazda Motor Corporation of Japan, the convoy then drove along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) straight to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Roadway (STAR) to Batangas. The highway legs allowed the journalists to experience the smooth power and torque of the SKYACTIV-D engines to the hilt. With traffic slowing down as the drive reached Bauan, Batangas, both the Mazda6 and CX-5 diesels relied on the highly effective i-STOP ignition start and stop system to reach commendable fuel economy figures despite the distance travelled.
The second day drive to Tagaytay from Anilao took the Lemery route on the way up. The 68-kilometer drive was characterized by a smooth ascent up the Tagaytay ridge via mildly winding roads for the journalists to experience the much praised handling prowess of the two latest diesel-engine variants. After a brief lunch, it was back to Mazda Makati to cap the two-day 246-km drive.
The all-new Mazda 6 and CX-5 diesel are both available at the Mazda showrooms located across the country. Priced at Php1,985,000.00 for the Mazda6 SKYACTVI-D and Php1,985,000.00 for the CX-5 SKYACTIV-D, Mazda aims to target a larger share of the executive sedan and compact SUV market who not only value practicality and fuel efficiency but also put a premium on a driving experience that is unlike any other.