Mazda Southern Africa has quietly removed the entry-level diesel variant from its CX-5 range, trimming the local line-up from eight to seven derivatives.

We picked up the change while sifting through the Japanese firm’s latest pricing bulletin, released on and effective from 1 April 2020.

The CX-5 2,2DE Active variant is no longer listed, having been priced at R498 500 before its removal from the line-up. It had drawn 140 kW and 450 N.m from its 2,2-litre turbodiesel heart, directed to the front axle via a six-speed automatic transmission.

This engine, however, is still available in the flagship CX-5 2,2DE Akera AWD, although here drive is sent to all four corners (as the name suggests). For the record, the price of this range-topping derivative has increased from R605 400 to R621 600.

Other engine options again comprise a pair of naturally aspirated petrol units displacing 2,0 and 2,5 litres, respectively. Check out full (adjusted) pricing below...

Pricing:
Mazda CX-5 2,0 Active: R418 800
Mazda CX-5 2,0 Active AT: R431 300
Mazda CX-5 2,0 Dynamic: R445 300
Mazda CX-5 2,0 Dynamic AT: R458 800
Mazda CX-5 2,0 Individual AT: R517 800
Mazda CX-5 2,5 Individual AT: R592 400
Mazda CX-5 2,2DE Akera AT AWD: R621 600