2017 will be the year that, for the first time ever, sales of SUVs will overtake those of more traditional passenger cars. Mazda is the most popular of the SUVs in Australia. Where the CX-3 and CX-5 models are the best-selling in the small and medium categories respectively.
The second-generation CX-5 is now on sale in Australia – lets take a look at what it will offer.
This second-generation update is not exactly revolutionary, as it shares a lot with the old CX-5. The drivetrain and about 50% of the components are brought forward from the old model – however, the components that have been replaced should have real impact.
The interior has a new look, with new front seats offering a whole lot more comfort and improved torso support. In the rear, the re-design features lower seats with a two-stage back recliner, redesigned cushions and seat heaters. There is a new 4.6-inch colour screen for the instrument cluster, a heads-up display with navigation function and a Bose ten-speaker stereo with A-pillar mounted tweeters. The 7.0-inch multimedia screen has been moved, making it easier to see for the driver.
The new model features the latest version of Mazda’s radar cruise control – with traffic sign recognition as well as the ability to keep following the car in front even after it has stopped.
Improved steering has been achieved through the addition of the G-Vectoring Control system which matches engine torque to steering inputs, providing easier steering and ride quality.
Also added to the chassis are wider diameter front shocks, fluid filled body bushings and stiffened steering mounts.
The boot space has been slightly improved – up 39 litres from the previous model.
The new CX-5 has the same engine and transmission as the previous model, with a choice of two petrol (2.0 litre and 2.5 litre four cylinder) and one diesel (2.2 litre four cylinder) powertrains, with fuel efficiency gains of around 4 percent according to Mazda.
All variants will have a rear-view camera, rear sensors and autonomous emergency braking – now capable of detecting pedestrians (moving at a speed of 10 – 60 km/h) as well as vehicles (4-80 km/h).
In summary – Mazda has done a good job of introducing improvements without taking away the basics that have helped to make the CX-5 the top seller that it has been to date.