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Second-gen Mazda CX-5 SUV revealed

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Mazda CX-5

The latest on the redesigned Mazda CX-5. It may not be revolutionary but it should be popular.

The second-generation Mazda CX-5 SUV has received a mixed response after being launched at the LA Motor Show. Is it the product of a company which is keen to listen to its valued customers or simply an unimaginative reinvention?

Mazda claims that the car is an all-new model, both inside and out, but it is hardly revolutionary. The question is, does it really need to be, given that a quarter of all Mazda sales now involve the CX-5 and it has sold 1.4 million units over the last four years? No one can be really surprised that Mazda has elected not to make too many dramatic changes.

Design language and power trains

The initial iteration of the CX-5 was the first Mazda to feature SKYACTIV powertrains and the company’s KODO design language. And the next-gen model continues the theme. As part of what Mazda refers to as a design reflecting ‘refined toughness’, the car’s rear end and profile are clutter-free and refreshingly simple, whilst the headlights are slimmer and propped up on chrome strips which span the wider grille.

There have been some quite important adjustments to the car’s dimensions. Both the rear and front tracks are wider than before and the centre of gravity has dropped 10mm compared with the current Mazda CX-5.

Other changes include the A-pillar moving back 35mm, meaning that the visual mass has been moved further towards the rear in a style similar to that seen on the Jaguar F-Pace. This also helps to improve visibility from the driving seat.

Inside, Mazda has not attempted to increase the cabin space, meaning that there are still 505 litres of boot space and an adequate amount of room for rear passengers. However, Mazda has devoted attention to improving comfort and the new Mazda CX-5 is said to benefit from a ten per cent reduction in engine, road and wind noise when travelling at 60 mph.

There are also two-stage reclining seats in the rear and the addition of G-Vectoring Control capabilities. This distributes torque according to the steering angle in order to lower the amount of body roll. It is also expected to offer a slightly sharper drive, too, as a result of a 16 per cent improvement to torsional rigidity.

Digital displays are a central feature in the redesigned interior of the new Mazda CX-5. A central infotainment and satnav screen and a 4.6-inch display to the right of the main instrument cluster are designed to deliver the maximum amount of information whilst minimising the degree of eye movement required.

More details to come from Mazda

Mazda has yet to reveal exact specifications for the UK’s CX-5 but engine options are set to include a SKYACTIV naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol unit and a 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel. Both of these will be available with a six-speed auto or manual gearbox and the choice of four-wheel drive.

Background to the CX-5

The compact crossover Mazda CX-5 was first designed as an addition to the brand’s model line-up for 2013 and officially launched the KODO, Soul of Motion Design language, which made its first appearance as part of the 2011 Shinari concept.

It was also the first model to feature the complete SKYACTIV Technology suite, which includes a lightweight, rigid platform and a new range of transmissions and engines designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

The Mazda CX-5 replaced the Mazda CX-7 and the Tribute. The first model, destined for the Japanese market, was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. The first production models were made available to buy in 2012, in which year the Mazda CX-5 won the Car of the Year Japan Award.

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