New 2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV spotted for the first time

Mazda CX-5 2017 front side

The oldest model in the Mazda range is also a crucial one, and it looks like the popular Mazda CX-5 is about to be replaced by an all-new version. The new Mazda CX-5 family SUV has been spotted testing in disguise ahead of it landing in showrooms next year.

The CX-5 is aimed at cars such as the Ford Kuga, Kia Sportage and Volkswagen Tiguan – all of which have either been replaced or redesigned this year. The current model has been on sale since 2012, and given the typical five-year product lifecycle, it makes sense that we’d be starting to see the next-generation on the roads. 

Mazda CX-5 2017 rear driving

The prototype in our spyshots has the usual camouflage, but nothing that covers up the overall exterior shape. From this we can see that the new look will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The profile is extremely familiar but the shape is curvier than before, with the CX-3‘s  pointy front grille and wraparound rear lights. This being a Mazda, expect a reduction in kerbweight over the current car too, as the brand continues to push its weight loss programme on all new models.

We’ve not seen the interior yet, but we expect that Mazda will want to use the CX-5 SUV to make a step forward in quality and tech. That should mean a new generation of infotainment system, a redesigned dashboard and an advance in active safety systems. Engines should retain the ‘upsized’ SkyACTIV format, but we could see a plug-in hybrid to go along with familiar petrol and diesel engines. 

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