7th Philippine International Motor Show gathers future mobility concepts, upcoming hits, high-performance models in one venue

Text and photos by Kap Maceda Aguila
MAZDA at the 7th Philippine International Motor Show brought out its 2019 lineup featuring the latest evolution of its Kodo design language and SkyActiv technology.
Leading the display was the 2019 Mazda6, which sports an updated look. Also improved are its handling, ride quality and cabin, which is now quieter. Engines available to the car are a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D diesel and a 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G gasoline.
Mazda’s crossover lineup is headed by the 2019 CX-9 Signature Edition, which the company said is its most luxurious vehicle to date. The car’s interior is lined with Rosewood trim, and Nappa covers all seven seats. It is now equipped with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, which enhance device connectivity, as well as improve interaction between the car and driver.
Parked at the center of the Mazda SkyActiv Pavilion was the MX-5 roadster, which now packs a higher-revving, 181hp SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine. Also new to both the soft-top and RF metal-roof variants is a steering wheel that can be moved closer or farther from the driver.
Other models with updated SkyActiv body, chassis, engine and driving dynamics completed Mazda’s 2019 collection at the show. These were the Mazda2 subcompact, Mazda3 compact, and the CX-3 and CX-5 crossovers.