New Mazda Biante and refreshed CX-9
Petaling Jaya, 13 November 2013 – Bermaz Motor today launched the all-new Biante, a people- mover and refreshed the top-of-the range CX-9. Held at a popular shopping centre, the event was attended by Dato’ Ben Yeoh, Managing Director, Dato’ Francis Lee, Executive Director, Bermaz Motor, Dato’ Amer Hamzah, Executive Director, Prima Merdu and Masahiro Moro, Managing Executive Officer, Mazda Motor
The Mazda Biante is the first MPV with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, Mazda’s suite of technical breakthroughs that turn automotive engineering on its head. This suite of breakthrough technologies brings Mazda’s renowned Zoom-Zoom performance with environmental – and wallet-friendly features.
The heart of the Mazda Biante is the new-generation high-efficiency direct-injection petrol engine. The SKYACTIV-G 2.0, with its exceptionally high compression ratio of 12.0:1, delivers exciting performance and also new standards for fuel efficiency and emissions control. It is mated to the high-efficiency SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission that offers smooth gearshifts with the direct feel and fuel efficiency of a manual transmission. The Biante is equipped with Mazda’s i-Stop idling stop system that switches off the engine at idle. This fuel-saving system delivers almost instantaneous restarts.
It is designed for space, and the practical and pleasing use of it. The cabin has class-leading width combined with generous length and height. The forward view is panoramic while large side windows with low sills add to the impression of airy spaciousness. Seats are mounted according to Mazda’s ‘Theatre Layout’ with rear seats higher than front seats.
Other noteworthy features are the paddle shifters mounted on the multi-function steering wheel, the broad meter cluster located at the top of the dashboard towards the driver, the ISOFIX child seat anchors on second-row seats, high-performance headlamps and front fog lamps. Front driver and passenger airbags are fitted as standard equipment. The interior of the Mazda Biante is also monitored by an ion generator, to neutralise bacteria and odours, as well as an anti-allergenic filter.
“The Biante, is more van type compared to the Mazda 5 & 8 both of which are more passenger oriented,” said Dato’ Ben.
The Mazda Biante is fully imported from Japan and retailed at an estimated price of RM145, 719.20 (on the road without insurance) with the colours choices Jet Black Mica, Radiant Ebony Mica, Crystal White Pearl Mica, and Aluminium Metallic.
Mazda’s top-of-the-line model, the CX-9, represents a fresh choice for active, style-conscious families dissatisfied with existing SUVs. The CX-9 stands apart from competing models in that its design and dynamics require no sacrifices in roominess, ride comfort, and other aspects of functionality. CX-9 owners not only enjoy the personal satisfaction yielded by the refined design and sporty handling but can also take pride in offering family members and friends an extremely comfortable and safe ride.
The CX-9 is the very word in functional and satisfying equipment. The audio and navigation systems, for example, have evolved to meet people’s growing dependence on information technology, and the improved equipment greatly enhances pleasure of ownership. Highlights include satin-silver finished decorative items which accent the black based interior, flush surfaces for the audio and navigation units, white meter illumination and a chic centre stack. The steering wheel is wrapped with smoother leather for a more comfortable grip, as well as a quality look and feel. And the incorporation of Bordeaux Metal decoration panels gives a look of higher quality and greater sophistication.
The CX-9 is equipped with Mazda’s largest engine – a naturally-aspirated 3.7L V6 unit – for class-topping performance and excellent emissions control. The high, flat torque curve enables the full-size CX-9 to respond to accelerator inputs as if anticipating the driver’s intentions. Combined with the high rigidity body, the CX-9 successfully balances dynamic performance with ride comfort to achieve excellent drivability comparable to premium European SUVs. Powerful, linear braking with a short stopping distance offers drivers a confident feeling of safety and control. Advanced Mazda suspension technology gives surefooted, linear response to steering inputs. The six-speed Activematic transmission provides smooth, positive automatic shifting as well as sporty manual gearshift. The Active Torque Split All-Wheel-Drive system optimally divides torque between front and rear wheels for assured handling even on slippery roads.
It is fully imported from Japan which is available in 4×2 and 4×4 variants are retailed at RM 288,404.60 and RM328,404.60 respectively (on the road without insurance). The colours available are Dolphin Grey Mica, Zeal Red Mica, Meteor Grey Mica, Aluminium Metallic, Crystal White Pearl Mica, and Brilliant Black.
“The sales volume of the CX-9 is about 20 units per month and this expected to continue in 2014,” said Dato’ Ben.