The new variant is priced on-the-road with GST and insurance at RM166,336 (add RM453 for metallic colours) and slots itself between the 2.5G 2WD and 2.5G 4WD variants in terms of pricing.
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A three-year or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first) and a three-year or 60,000km free service package is provided, while featuring four colours options of Aluminium Metallic, Arctic White, Blue Reflex and Meteor Grey.
The 2.2-litre (2,192cc) turbo-diesel SkyActiv-D engine with idle-stop function requires Euro 5 diesel while using a two-stage turbocharger and a compression ratio of 14:1 for better air-fuel mixture and a more complete combustion.
It uses a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive transmission with manual shift mode to manage the engine's 173hp at 4,500rpm and 420Nm of torque at 2,000rpm before sending it to the front wheels that turn via an electronic power-assisted steering (EPAS) system.
The 1,605kg (kerb) compact SUV rolls on 19-inch wheels with 255/55 (185/80 spare tyre) series tyres for its 2,700mm wheelbase while the body measures in at 4,555mm-long, 1,840mm-wide and 1,670mm-tall.
It comes equipped with LEDs for its daytime running lights, front fogs, automatic headlamps with auto-levelling function, and rear combination light clusters as well as automatic wipers and power-folding external mirrors with integrated turn-signals as standard.
Inside, there's keyless-entry with push-start button, cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate controls and auto-dimming rear view mirror.
The infotainment unit is is a seven-inch full-colour touchscreen display with radio/CD/MP3 playback, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, AUX and two USB ports that's connected to a six-speaker sound system that's controlled via a multi-function Commander Control on the centre tunnel or via steering-wheel controls.
Lastly, safety is bolstered by six airbags, anti-lock braking system, dynamic stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, emergency brake assist, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, smart city brake support, traction control, blind spot monitoring, emergency stop signal, tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX anchor points.