New models underway for Mazda

New models underway for Mazda

Mazda New Zealand has one new model hitting the market, as another begins rolling off the production line.

A larger-engine option has arrived for the MX-5, adding a 2.0-litre model to the 1.5-litre already available.

The Mazda MX-5 2.0L features 118kW @ 6,000rpm power, 17 inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control air conditioning, 9 speakers, keyless entry with advance proximity function, mirrors with heating function and 2-speed windscreen wipers with rain-sensing function.

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The 2.0-litre model is available in New Zealand now and comes in a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Prices are $46,995 for manual and $48,495 for automatic.

It also gets Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RTCA) and the Limited model also comes with High Beam Control (HBC) and Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS).

Andrew Clearwater, managing director of Mazda New Zealand, notes New Zealand is one of only a few markets to get multiple engine options.

“When we launched the 1.5L MX-5 last year we were aware that there were people who wanted a little extra horsepower but also the ease of use that comes with an auto transmissions; so we are delighted we are able to accommodate both with the arrival of the 2.0L variant,” Clearwater says. “We are one of the few markets to get both the 2.0L and 1.5L model and it’s great to be able to give New Zealand motorists a choice.”

Meanwhile production has begun on the new Mazda CX-9.

Clearwater says there is already a high level of interest in the SUV.

“It is the ideal vehicle for people who need more room and don’t want to compromise on performance. We look forward to launching the all new Mazda CX-9 in New Zealand in the second half of this year.”

To coincide with start of production of the new model, Mazda has begun manufacturing a new 2.5-liter direct injection turbocharged gasoline engine called SKYACTIV-G 2.5T at its Hiroshima Plant.

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