The 2017 Mazda CX-5 SUV has launched in Australia with an array of improvements both inside and out and a starting price of $28,690.
With the previous-generation CX-5 having been on sale since 2012, the Japanese brand has sold 1.2 million units across 120 different countries, with nearly 10 per cent of the SUV’s volume being taken up here in Australia (115,000).
That has seen the Mazda CX-5 remain the most popular SUV in the country for four years in a row.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 uses the existing powertrains of the outgoing model, however it brings refreshed exterior and interior packages plus a host of additional equipment, refinement and moderate fuel efficiency gains.
The new Mazda CX-5 comes with two petrol engines, a 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre four-cylinder, or a 2.2-litre diesel available across five grades and 12 different variants, including three Maxx and three Maxx Sport, two Touring, GT and Akera grades.
The base petrol engine will be made available as a front-wheel drive (FWD) while the larger petrol and diesel engine are available exclusively with all-wheel drive (AWD).
Mazda will offer the entry model FWD CX-5 Maxx with a six-speed manual, priced from $28,690, with the range topping out at $49,990 for the top-spec CX-5 Akera diesel AWD.
The new CX-5 measures 4550mm (+10mm on previous model) in length, 1840mm in width and 1675mm in height (-30mm). The wheelbase remains at 2700mm with a turning radius of 5.5m.
Mazda will offer the CX-5 with eight different colour choices including a revised version of the Soul Red as well as Eternal Blue, Machine Grey, Sonic Silver, Snowflake White Pearl, Titanium Flash, Deep Crystal Blue and Jet Black.
On the inside, choices range from black cloth, black Maztex/suede, black and white leather options.
The boot has increased in size from 403 to 442 litres, which Mazda claims is big enough to accommodate three 72cm suitcases or four golf bags.
The infotainment system still lacks smartphone mirroring technologies such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however the new 7.0-inch screen now uses optical bonding for the LCD and touch panel, making it noticeably thinner and more resistant to reflection.
The basic audio system is a six-speaker unit with 165mm door speakers in the front and rear with 25mm hard dome tweeters in the A-Pillars. The 10-speaker Bose system in the GT grades and above uses 165mm speakers in the front doors and 130mm rear door speakers, as well as 25mm silk dome tweeters in the A-pillars, a bass box, an 80mm midrange speaker in the centre of the dashboard, and 60mm midrange speakers in the upper D-pillars.
The noise vibration and harshness levels of the new CX-5 have been vastly improved, with new sound deadening technologies used across the range. The improvements see the new CX-5 produce the same level of cabin noise at 100km/h as the previous model did at 80km/h, according to Mazda.
On the safety side, all models get blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and camera, as well as rear cross-traffic alert. The addition of upgraded smart city brake support, a form of autonomous emergency braking (AEB), is also available across the range with the ability to now also detect pedestrians (between 10-60km/h) as well as vehicles (4-80km/h).
When the system detects an object and assesses the threat of an imminent collision, it automatically applies the brakes.
The top-spec Akera gains the latest in active safety with Mazda radar cruise control with full stop and go functionality, lane departure and lane keep assistance systems as well as side camera and smart brake support.
2017 Mazda CX-5 Engine lineup and fuel economy figures
2017 Mazda CX-5 Pricing
2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx
2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport
2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring
2017 Mazda CX-5 GT
2017 Mazda CX-5 Akera
2017 Mazda CX-5 Specification
2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx
2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport (in addition to Maxx)
2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring (in addition to Maxx Sport)
2017 Mazda CX-5 GT (in addition to Touring)
2017 Mazda CX-5 Akera (in addition to GT)