Building on the success of the outgoing CX-5, the car that introduced Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology and KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy, the all-new Mazda CX-5 has been designed “to bring a new dimension of driving pleasure to SUV customers”.
The original Mazda CX-5 won acclaim from customers and media alike and global sales of over 1.5 million mean it now accounts for roughly 25 per cent of Mazda’s worldwide sales volume.
Now with enhancements across the board, an all-new interior and a fully-revised body structure its Japanese makers say the new CX-5 “delivers new levels of style, refinement and driving pleasure”.
Designed under the concept of ‘Refined Toughness’ the second-generation CX-5 features a powerful evolution of Mazda’s front-end design, while sleeker sides and a lower roofline underscore its solid stance. Inside, Mazda’s human-centric development ethos delivers an interior that merges carefully thought out cockpit ergonomics with a spacious cabin environment.
A product of Mazda’s ‘Jinba-Ittai’ (car-and-driver as one) philosophy, the designers paid particular attention to reducing noise and vibration within the cabin, while at the same time improving the handling precision and driver involvement of the outgoing car.
With 15 per cent stiffer torsional body rigidity, refinements to the steering, suspension and brakes, plus the introduction of G-Vectoring Control (GVC) the new car is “more comfortable, refined and responsive than ever”.
Available in two trim levels, both Mazda’s SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual and SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmissions feature in the range, as does the latest generation of Mazda’s intelligent i-ACTIV all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
Powered by a familiar range of SKYACTIV engines, the 2.0-litre 165ps SKYACTIV-G petrol engine is available in SE-L Nav and Sport Nav trim and is offered exclusively with front-wheel drive and Mazda’s six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gearbox.
Making up the bulk of the range, the popular 2.2-litre 150ps SKYACTIV-D diesel is available with front-wheel drive and i-ACTIV AWD and comes with a choice of manual or automatic transmission. Sitting at the top of the range, the flagship 2.2-litre 175ps SKYACTIV-D comes exclusively in Sport Nav trim and is equipped with Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD, and like the lower output diesel, it can be matched to either automatic or manual transmission.
The diesel engines have been enhanced with the introduction of Mazda’s noise reducing Natural Sound Smoother technology, which entails the fitting of a dynamic damper within the pin securing the piston to the connecting rod to reduce start-up and idle reverberation.
In addition, Transient Control sharpens throttle responsiveness by more precise control of engine torque with optimised turbo pressure and finer adjustment of fuel injection.
Standard equipment includes LED headlights, automatic power-folding door mirrors, dual-zone climate control, DAB radio and a 7” colour touch-screen display with Mazda’s integrated navigation.
Sport Nav cars add to this with a reversing camera, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Smart keyless entry, plus heated front seats and steering wheel. Offered in a Mazda for the first time, Sport Nav models also feature a power lift tailgate, plus a new head-up display (HUD) that projects directly onto the windscreen and features Traffic Sign Recognition.
Important traffic and safety information is displayed in the driver’s line of sight. Data such as speed, turn-by-turn driving directions, traffic signs and alerts from Mazda’s advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies are projected directly onto the driver’s windscreen. This reduces the need for eye and head movement, and makes for “safer, more secure driving”.
i‑ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies help keep occupant safe in a wide range of driving situations. The safety technologies include Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop and Go function; Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) for multiple light conditions, and Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS) with pedestrian detection.
Cyprus agents Pavlides and Araouzos are expecting the new model in their showrooms in the next couple of weeks. They will stock the 2.2 diesel variants, with the 2-wheel drive 150ps version at €31,800 and the all-wheel-drive 175ps variant selling for €36,800.