Mazda takes wraps off all-new CX-5

Into its second generation, the crossover gets a redesigned exterior and interior, and a raft of class-leading tech features
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November 16, 2016
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The first-generation Mazda CX-5 was a pretty impressive package that blended practicality, agility and decent looks that we voted it as the Best Crossover at the 2014 wheels Car of the Year awards. Introduced in 2012, the CX-5 was the first Mazda production vehicle to use the Skyactiv technology and follow the Kodo ‘soul of motion’ design language. Today, the Japanese carmaker has launched an all-new iteration of the crossover at the Los Angeles motor show.

Following the lead of the recently facelifted CX-9 SUV, the second generation CX-5 has also received comprehensive updates inside and out. Although evolutionary in styling, the new CX-5 gets a reworked fascia with a bolder grille that extends all the way to the sleeker new headlights and wider tracks front and rear. The cabin has also been given a thorough revamp, with Mazda promising improved passenger comfort, a more pleasant and “remarkably quiet” ride. As it has already done with the 6 saloon and the 3 hatchback, Mazda has incorporated many class-first tech features in the new CX-5 including a head-up display that projects navigation and other essential info on to the windscreen, and a remote controlled power liftgate.

The all-new CX-5 will come equipped with a choice of two petrol engines; a 2.0-litre four-cylinder in the base model, and a 2.5-litre four-pot in the top-spec variant. Featuring Skyactiv efficiency tech, these powertrains will offer “linear performance along with outstanding real-world fuel economy and remarkably low emissions,” says Mazda’s official statement.

The all-new CX-5 will go on sale in February in Japan following which it will be rolled out in other markets around the world. Mazda hopes the new model to boost numbers of an already popular model that the brand’s best-seller in Europe, and represents around  a quarter of its global unit sales.