After arriving into the country a month ago, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 is officially on sale in Australia, and pricing and specifications for the range have finally been announced. The second-generation CX-5 builds on the first-generation’s wide range of qualities with the addition of a sleeker design, a higher quality interior and new equipment across the range, though drivetrains haven’t been altered significantly.
Must see: read our 2017 Mazda CX-5 review here.
The new CX-5 has a lot of pressure riding on it, having been Australia’s number-one selling SUV for four years straight and with over 115,000 sales in Australia alone. This means that like the first-generation model, the new CX-5 is a significant car for Mazda, especially in Australia. Globally, the CX-5 accounts for more than 40% of Mazda sales.
“The CX-5 kicked off the total redesign and rebuild of Mazda’s new vehicle range, plus the total overhaul of manufacturing and product development, KODO design and SKYACTIV engineering” said Martin Benders, outgoing Managing Director of Mazda Australia.
“The CX-7 powertrain combinations didn’t quite hit the sweet spot – but the CX-5 did find that sweet spot and went to the #1 place among SUVs of any size, any brand, and set the scene for CX-3 and the brand new CX-9”
New to the CX-5 range is the Touring model, aimed at providing some big ticket luxuries from the higher-end models without adding extra styling and safety equipment, necessary to some buyers. Otherwise, the CX-5 range is identical to the outgoing model – entry-level Maxx, mid-level Maxx Sport, and high end GT and Akera are all present.
Pricing for the second-generation CX-5 starts at $28,690 for the front-wheel drive CX-5 Maxx with a 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre SKYACTIV four-cylinder petrol and a six-speed manual transmission, and climbs all the way to $49,990 for the all-wheel drive CX-5 Akera with a 129kW/420Nm 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D four-cylinder turbo-diesel.
Standard equipment for the CX-5 Maxx includes 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, electric-folding exterior mirrors, Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system with Aha and Pandora internet radio capability, DAB+ digital radio, a six-speaker sound system, a reclining rear seat with a 40:20:40 split and keyless push-button start. The CX-5 Maxx is also available as a six-speed automatic with the same 2.0-litre engine ($30,690), as well as an all-wheel drive variant with a 140kW/250Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine ($33,690).
Crucially for the medium SUV market, all new CX-5’s are equipped with autonomous emergency braking (in both forward and reverse), blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.
The CX-5 Maxx Sport – the biggest selling variant of the first CX-5, with over 50% of sales – adds equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, LED front foglamps, a rear centre armrest with storage and USB inputs, and rear centre air vents. The CX-5 Maxx Sport is available with the same front-wheel drive 2.0-litre automatic ($34,390), all-wheel drive 2.5-litre automatic ($37,390) and an all-wheel drive 129kW/420Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel ($40,390).
New to the CX-5 range is the new Touring variant, only available in all-wheel drive ($38,990 for the 2.5-litre petrol or $41,990 for the 2.2-litre diesel). It adds half man-made ‘Maztex’ leather/cloth seating, heated and auto-folding exterior mirrors, a heads-up display that projects onto glass, advanced keyless entry and start, front parking sensors and traffic sign recognition, which monitors speed limits based off road signs.
The CX-5 GT ($44,390 for the 2.5-litre petrol or $47,390 for the 2.2-litre turbo diesel; all-wheel drive only) adds 19-inch alloy wheels, steering-responsive headlights, an electric bootlid, a sunroof, black or white leather seat trim, a heads-up display that projects onto the windscreen, heated front seats, electric (6-way passenger, 10-way driver) front seats with driver’s memory settings and a 249-watt ten-speaker Bose sound system with a subwoofer.
As before, the top of the local CX-5 tree is the Akera ($46,990 for the 2.5-litre petrol, $49,990 for the 2.2-litre turbo diesel; all-wheel drive only), which adds a full suite of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology including adaptive cruise control with stop & go, adaptive LED headlights which block their beam from oncoming traffic, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, driver attention alert, smart brake support (higher-speed automatic braking) and a side camera which projects an under-mirror image onto the screen to help with parking.
Available colours for the second-generation include Mazda’s new Soul Red Crystal and Machine Grey ($250 each – the only colours that Mazda charge extra for), as well as Eternal Blue, Sonic Silver, Snowflake White Pearl, Titanium Flash bronze, Deep Crystal Blue navy and Jet Black.
The second-generation 2017 Mazda CX-5 is on sale now, with Mazda Australia expecting 2,000 sales per month. You can read and watch our first drive review of the new CX-5 here (insert link).
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