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by Jez Spinks

A new, more powerful variant of the Mazda CX-5 has gone on sale in Australia, priced from $32,880 for the 2.5-litre petrol Maxx automatic.

The CX-5’s new 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine makes its move into the popular SUV after debuting in the all-new Mazda 6 medium car.

It replaces the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol in all-wheel-drive versions, adding $500 to the price of the corresponding trim levels.

The Maxx Sport and Grand Touring 2.5s are priced from $36,620 And $43,780 respectively. A new range-topping model labelled Akera includes lane departure and blind spot warning systems, and high-beam control and costs from $45,770 for the 2.5L petrol or from $48,620 for the 2.2L diesel.

The alternative AWD engine remains a 2.2-litre turbo diesel with 129kW and 420Nm.

The smaller-capacity, 2.0-litre petrol engine is retained in entry-level front-drive models.

Mazda’s new 2.5-litre produces 138kW and 250Nm, giving the 2.5-litre a notable advantage over the 113kW/198Nm 2.0-litre that has been criticised for being underpowered.

The 2.0-litre, however, has also been upgraded with the aim of improving acceleration via revised engine software and transmission mapping that now sees the engine rev to 6800rpm rather than 6500rpm. Power and torque increase marginally to 114kW and 200Nm, and acceleration improves from 9.5 to 9.1 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint, says Mazda.

Mazda CX-5 models powered by the 2.5-litre engine uses 7.4 litres of fuel per 100km according to the official consumption cycle, compared with 6.9L/100km for the 2.0-litre AWD. Fuel consumption for the 2.0L front-drive CX-5 models, whether with six-speed manual or six-speed auto, is 6.4L/100km.

The diesel is the most fuel efficient at 5.7L/100km.

Technology upgrades across the revised Mazda CX-5 include Bluetooth that allows SMS, MMS and email to be displayed on the SUV’s 5.8-inch dash touchscreen, and voice command phone book.

The Mazda CX-5 colour range also gets a subtle shake up with revised shades of red (Soul Red), black (Jet Black) and grey (Meteor Grey).

 

2013 Mazda CX-5 range

Mazda CX-5 2.0 Maxx FWD (man) $27,880*
Mazda CX-5 2.0 Maxx FWD (auto) $29,880*
Mazda CX-5 2.0 Maxx Sport FWD $33,620*

Mazda CX-5 2.5 Maxx AWD $32,880*
Mazda CX-5 2.5 Maxx Sport AWD $36,620*
Mazda CX-5 2.5 Grand Touring AWD $43,780*
Mazda CX-5 2.5 Akera AWD $45,770*

Mazda CX-5 2.2D Maxx Sport AWD $39,470*
Mazda CX-5 2.2D Grand Touring AWD $46,630*
Mazda CX-5 2.2D Akera AWD $48,620*

*Before on-road costs