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New Mazda CX-5 revealed, will come to Australia in 2017

4 years ago

When you make the best selling SUV in Australia, it makes sense to avoid major changes to the recipe. That’s evidently the thinking behind the new Mazda CX-5 which was unveiled this afternoon at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Although it’s an all-new car, the second-generation CX-5 carries over all three existing engines and retains many of the now-familiar lines of the current model. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is expected to arrive in Australia no later than April 2017.

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Though there was hope that the new CX-5 would use the 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol from the new CX-9, this wish won’t be granted – at least for 2017. Instead, the new CX-5 will see the three current engines retained: a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder, an uprated 2.5-litre petrol, and the pick of the bunch, the 2.2-litre turbodiesel. Specific outputs have not been confirmed, but if they increase over the current lineup, the difference will be slight.

2017 Mazda CX-5 from above – Chasing Cars

 

Instead, mechanical change in the new car has mainly been limited to handling, suspension and rigidity improvement. Mazda have implemented the new G-Vectoring steering assistance deployed recently on the 3 and 6 models. A MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension arrangement continues on with improved damping. Plus, torsional rigidity is up 15.5% on the old car.

Like they did with the CX-9, Mazda are targeting noise, vibration and harshness improvements with the new CX-5 – with the new car quieter across a variety of surfaces, the brand says. Knowing the noise of the current model, it will need to be a lot quieter.

2017 Mazda CX-5 dashboard – Chasing Cars

 

Change is more notable in the cabin, which adopts themes from the larger CX-9 and Mazda’s sporty MX-5. The inset navigation screen is gone, replaced by a floating tablet measuring 4.6-inches in lower model grades and 7-inches in higher-spec cars. There’s no sign as yet of the larger 8-inch size from the CX-9, however.

The CX-5 gains a proper heads-up display projected onto the windshield, known as the Active Driving Display. It will be capable of displaying navigation instructions. Audio will be fed through a ten-speaker Bose stereo with noise cancellation on higher-grade cars.

2017 Mazda CX-5 tail – Chasing Cars

 

Comfort will also make clear gains. The cabin ergonomics have been rethought, with the central tunnel being raised significantly – by six centimetres – to bring the gear shifter closer to a natural point for the hand. The front seats have been completely redesigned and appear to be well-bolstered. They will be available in two leather colours (white or black), or black fabric.

The launch colour will be Soul Red Crystal, a second-generation evolution over today’s Soul Red, offering a crisper and deeper red colour.

2017 Mazda CX-5 seats – Chasing Cars