New Mazda CX-5: LA Motor Show reveal

Mazda CX-5 2016 – LA show front quarter

The Mazda CX-5 has been one of the Japanese firm’s best-selling models globally, and it ushered in the brand’s SkyActiv engine technology when it was introduced back in 2012.

Now the company has unveiled the new-generation CX-5 at this week’s Los Angeles Motor Show, bringing upgrades to the cabin, the infotainment systems and the car’s overall practicality.

The new CX-5 looks like a clear evolution of the car it replaces, although its familiar styling cues disguise some major changes. Its front and rear tracks are both widened by 10mm and the A-pillars at either side of the windscreen sit 35mm further back than on the existing model.

Mazda CX-5 – reveal front door open

The headlights are slimmer, and the ‘signature wing’ metal highlight runs right across the front end. The car sits on a modified version of the existing platform, but while its wheelbase remains the same, other dimensions do change slightly; the new CX-5 is 10mm longer overall than the outgoing car, but 15mm lower.

Inside, the CX-5 gets the latest evolution of Mazda’s infotainment system. Its seven-inch display is crisper than before, thanks to a new process that uses optical bonding to join the LCD screen to the touch panel, and the unit now sits high up on top of the facia.

Other changes up front include a higher-resolution TFT display in the instrument panel, and the option of a head-up display that can project navigation instructions on to the inside of the windscreen. Passengers in the back seats get a slightly lower hip point, and the option of rear seat heaters and rear cabin climate control vents.

Under the skin, Mazda has tweaked the 2.2-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol engines, although it has yet to provide any revised performance or fuel consumption data. The firm says that modifications to the chassis have increased torsional rigidity by 15.5 per cent, and helped to reduce low-frequency road noise to make conversations about 10 per cent clearer at 60mph.

Mazda CX-5 – presentation

Other changes include a deeper, richer version of Mazda’s popular Soul Red paint scheme – now called Soul Red Crystal – and a wider range of safety equipment, including the latest Mazda Radar Cruise Control and traffic sign recognition.

The new CX-5 is still a little way off reaching UK showrooms; it’s not likely to arrive here until the middle of 2017. As such, there are no prices available yet, but we’d expect the range to start at roughly the same point, from around £23,500 for petrol models and £25,000 for the diesels.

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