Lauded by critics and embraced by the public — it's a regular feature on the top 10 sellers list in Australia — Mazda is clearly doing something right with the CX-5. Rather than mess too much with a successful formula, the mid-term update seems to be limited to a few cosmetic items, at least externally.
The biggest change we can see from these pictures is a new grille. Although the grille opening retains the current model's shape, it now features at least four horizontal slats in place of the current version's honeycomb pattern. Residing at the top of the grille is a more two-dimensional Mazda badge protected by a clear plastic cover — a sign, at least in the Mazda 3, that the prototype vehicle is fitted with radar-guided cruise control.
Our photographer's close-up of the headlight unit suggests that, underneath the tape camouflage, Mazda has reworked the CX-5's lighting array. The unit's indicators seems to be of a different design, while the main projector is now framed by LED driving lights.
At the rear, the changes seem equally as minor, with revised taillight internals being the main talking point. Cut outs in the taillight's tape masking show brake and driving lights that now wrap in underneath the turn signals.
Thin LED indicators built into the wing mirror housings are the only the other external updates of note. As our photographer was unable to capture a shot of the prototype's interior, we don't what revisions will be wrought to the CX-5's interior, or whether it will feature a version of the MZD Connect entertainment and nav system seen in the Mazda 3.
The revised CX-5 is expected to make its public debut at the Los Angeles auto show, which will be held towards the tail-end of November.