Mazda's new CX-5 has luxury European feel

Auto & Audio October 08, 2017 20:11

By Kingsley Wijayasinha

The Sunday Nation

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Second generation of midsized crososver has improved looks

THE CX-5, the crossover that kickstarted Mazda’s Skyactiv technology campaign when it was first introduced in 2012, has entered its secondgeneration era.

Although the new CX-5 is based on the same platform as its predecessor, Mazda has made sure that there are enough new features that would draw customers to the highly popular midsized crossover.

While the wheelbase is exactly the same at 2,700mm, the new model is slightly longer and comes with a more contemporary look based on the evolving Kodo Design. The elegant front grille is larger and sits in between sharp-looking headlights.

The striking “soul red” paint has been upgraded to “soul red crystal” that’s really glossy.

Both 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/65 tyres, and 19-inch wheels with 225/55 tyres are available.

The next-generation CX-5 will be officially launched in Thailand this November, and two engines will be offered – the Skyactiv-G 2.0 direct-injection gasoline and Skyactiv-D 2.2 clean diesel.

Mazda engineers did not disclose output figures for Thailand-bound models, noting only that they have been remapped to offer more power and lower emissions. In the outgoing model, the petrol engine produces 164hp and 210Nm while the diesel,

featuring a two-stage turbocharging system, churns out 175hp and 420Nm.

Thai media were given an opportunity to drive the new CX-5 during the sneak preview event in Penang last week, and many were impressed.

Compared to the outgoing model, the diesel boasted a much improved refinement level, with lower noise entering the cabin. The suspension and steering is top-notch, providing plenty of directional control and grip in the temporary car-park test course.

The new model is also the next in line to get the G-Vectoring Control (GVC) system that adjusts the amount of torque as you enter and leave a curve in order to maintain higher stability and lower driving fatigue.

I didn’t focus much on the driving, knowing that a full test drive would be held once it is officially launched back home.

What rather impressed me was the significantly improved craftsmanship, particularly in the interior. Use of high-grade materials, including the 7-inch screen that pops out of the console, double-stitching on the soft leather upholstery and aluminium

trim around the cabin (air vents and controls), lifts up the spirits. The CX-5 now feels like a luxury crossover with class that can compete against not only Japanese counterparts but also European ones.

While the basic structure is quite similar to the old model (the C-pillar looks just the same), the new CX-5 has a sexier design both inside and out. It will stand out in the crowd, especially with that eye-catching glossy red colour.

The new model will come with a long list of features ranging from the latest infotainment systems to driver assistance systems, including automatic cruise control with high-quality head-up display, radar-governed cruise control, brake hold function

and an intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

Mazda CX-5 2017 major specs

Engines: SKYACTIV-D 2.2 (clean diesel); SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (direct-injection gasoline)

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Suspension: MacPherson strut/multi-link

Steering: powered rack and pinion

Brakes: vented disc/disc

Tires: 225/55 R19; 225/65 R17

Length x width x height: 4,550mm x1,840mm x1,680mm (19-inch alloy wheel); 4,550m x 1,840mm x 1675mm (17-inch alloy wheel)

Wheelbase: 2,700mm

Seating capacity: 5