Mazda CX-5 2016 – LA show front quarter
Mazda has revealed the second-generation version of its CX-5 crossover at the Los Angeles Motor Show, ushering in an evolved design, upgrades to the cabin and the car’s infotainment system, as well as additional practicality.
Since its introduction in 2012 the CX-5 has become one of Mazda’s best-selling global models, and has been a vehicle for the brand’s SkyActiv engine technology. Mazda has confirmed that the engine options have been tweaked, but firm details are yet to arrive.
It looks like a clear evolution of the car it replaces rather than a radical overhaul, but there are some important design changes. At the front it gets slimmer headlights and a slightly larger grille, joined by re-profiled taillights and a tweaked tailgate at the back.
The subtle alterations hide front and rear tracks widened by 10mm, and the A-pillars sit 35mm further back than on the existing model. It sits on a modified version of the existing platform, and while the wheelbase remains the same, it’s a longer car by 10mm and sits 15mm lower.
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.