LA LIVE: 2017 Mazda CX-5
Mazda has introduced its redesigned CX-5 crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
As expected, the revamped CX-5 takes more than a bit of inspiration from the current CX-9. Its angular styling is consistent with Mazda’s modern design language, centering around a ‘refined toughness’ theme.
Designers and engineers lowered the center of gravity and broadened the front and rear tread by 10mm, giving the new CX-5 a more powerful stance. It also brings a more streamlined profile, shifting the A-pillars rearward. The fresh face includes thinner headlamps placed lower than those of the previous generation, anchored by a new grille with a three-dimensional mesh pattern.
Mazda stuck to the ‘refined toughness’ concept when reworking the interior, improving the driving position with no controls or switches placed in awkward positions. The repositioned A-pillar is claimed to improve forward visibility, while smaller door mirrors are said to enhance diagonal visibility toward the corners.
The new CX-5 is Mazda’s first vehicle to employ a two-step reclining mechanism on the rear seats, which also benefit from a lower hip point and reshaped cushions.
Drivers will benefit from Mazda’s most advanced driver-assistance technologies, adding an Active Driving Display that projects navigation information directly onto the windshield. The seven-inch center touchscreen has been moved to the top of the dashboard for improved safety.
The engine lineup includes a range of options for different markets including a 2.2-liter diesel mill and 2.0- and 2.5-liter gasoline powerplants. Buyers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, with Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive as an available option. All configurations benefit from the company’s new G-Vectoring Control system, designed to manage torque in relation to steering angle.
“GVC is particularly effective in SUVs, which can be prone to generating lateral forces due to their relatively high center of gravity,” Mazda explains. “It achieves high levels of both vehicle responsiveness and stability, while also helping to reduce sideways sliding of the cabin occupants’ bodies and deliver a comfortable ride.”
The CX-5 has become a particularly important model in Mazda’s lineup, accounting for 25 percent of the company’s annual sales with 1.4 million units delivered so far across the globe.
Market-specific pricing and other details will presumably be announced closer to launch.