All-new Mazda CX-5 unveiled at the LA Motor Show
The Japanese manufacturer unveiled their successor to the highly successful CX-5 at this weeks LA Motor Show. While the car’s overall design may not offer dramatic differences from the current model, this new model will include a whole host of design improvements and innovations. With this new model, Mazda aim to improve the driving experience for driver and passenger alike. So what’s changed on the new model, and what can we expect for the UK launch of the all-new Mazda CX-5?
Subtly refined exterior
With the current CX-5 being the first model released featuring Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design, the all-new CX-5 looks to refine rather than revamp the overall appearance. Key changes are largely derive from the larger CX-9’s design which is not available to the UK market. The new model features a sleeker, sportier look, with a wider grille, slimmer headlights and bulkier wheel arches.
Unlike the outside, a lot has changed when you step inside the all-new Mazda CX-5. Mazda have put a great deal of focus into improving driver and passenger comfort. The new CX-5 includes individual “suspension mats” for the driver and front passenger seats. These will help to isolate them from poor road surface and improve the overall ride. In the back, passengers will now have 2-step reclining heated seats, as well as their own climate control system. In terms of driver comfort, the centre console and gear stick have been positioned higher than the current model.
The on-board technology has also been updated for the new model. The new model includes a 4.6-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster, 7-inch infotainment screen and head-up display. In terms of connectivity, the new CX-5 will include Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system. This includes sat nav, smart phone mirroring and access to social media apps. And if sound is important to you, the new CX-5 will include an optional 10-speaker sound system.
Similar size and space
In terms of dimensions, the all-new Mazda CX-5 remains similar to its predecessor. The wheelbase remains at 2700mm long, and the overall length comes in at just 5mm shorter. The new model sits slightly lower, and has a slightly wider front. The biggest change comes from the A-pillars moving back 35mm. This will give front seat occupants a wider field of view. The boot capacity has increased slightly, from 500-litres to 505-litres.
Under the hood
The all-new Mazda CX-5 will feature the same engine options as the current model. This comes in the form of a 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D Diesel and 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol. Both will be available in manual and automatic. All-wheel drive will also be available on all models, with front-wheel drive as standard.
With the continuation of the standard engines, Mazda buck the trend on electric and hybrid technology. Recently Mazda chief executive Masamichi Kogai stated the company would continue their focus on refining its combustion technology, rather than developing electric or hybrid vehicles. Their justification for this is that the real-world results never match the test condition emissions and combustion figures for hybrid technology. Instead, the Japanese manufacturer will continue putting their efforts into refining and improving their combustion engines.
A result of this focus is Mazda’s Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control system. This system, which aims to improve corner handling, will be included in the new CX-5.
Safer than ever
With Mazda aiming for the full five star rating from Euro NCAP safety testing, the CX-5 is kitted out in safety features. The design includes a stronger body, as well as crash-preventing technology, including the full array of i-Activesense technology, such as radar braking and adaptive cruise control.
While precise specifications and pricing for the UK all-new Mazda CX-5 won’t be released until closer to its launch, the reveal in Los Angeles promises an exciting and competitive new entry to the crowded UK SUV market.
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