The 2021 Mazda CX-5 will receive a bigger infotainment screen, a new specification grade and fresh standard and optional equipment for its top-spec variants in the United States, with some of the changes set to make their way Down Under soon.
A Mazda Australia spokesperson told CarAdvice the updates – including upgrades to the infotainment and connectivity systems and the arrival of a new 'Carbon Edition' option – are "available to us and we will confirm spec and pricing closer to launch".
For now, it's not yet clear which of the specific changes Australian variants will receive, with Mazda's local arm saying: "At this stage we are still working through which elements of the update will be coming to the Australian market."
In the North American market, however, the new CX-5 is set to receive its largest infotainment screen ever, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen replacing the previous 7.0- and 8.0-inch units on all grades. In Australia, the full CX-5 range currently boasts an 8.0-inch touchscreen.
The US range will also receive a three-year trial of Mazda Connected Services, which allows owners to remotely monitor and control their car via smartphone app.
As with the recently revealed 2021 Mazda CX-9, another specification grade will join the lineup in North America in the form of the CX-5 Carbon Edition.
This offering is based on the mid-spec Touring variant and adds purely aesthetic upgrades including a Polymetal Grey exterior, gloss black mirrors, 19-inch alloy wheels with a black finish, red leather seats and black honeycomb trim.
Price-wise, it will be the third option in the lineup, starting from US$28,855 plus on-road costs for a front-wheel drive version with a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, or from US$30,660 for a turbocharged 2.5-litre petrol engine.
A new optional package will be offered on the middle-of-the-range Touring variant, allowing consumers to pay an extra US$1445 to add power front seats, leather upholstery, a moonroof, a power tailgate, a 10-speaker Bose sound system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The higher-spec Grand Touring variant will receive these features as standard, as well as paddle shifters on the steering wheel, a 7.0-inch digital instruments display, LED tail lights and fog and daytime running lights.
Another grade up will add ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, automatic folding side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer for cooler climates – all of which (bar the wiper de-icer) are already offered as standard on top-spec Australian variants.
American buyers are also set to receive some safety technology that's already available on top-spec CX-5 variants in Australia, including i-Activsense features like Driver Attention Alert, Smart City Brake Support Reverse, a 360-degree view monitor and traffic sign recognition.
Additionally, North American buyers will receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard on the new infotainment system – something that's already standard on all current Australian CX-5 grades.
Engine options carry over from the previous generation and include a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine or a 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, plus the choice of front- or all-wheel drive on all variants except the top two spec grades (which receive AWD as standard).
Of course, the improvements are matched by price hikes across the board, with the range now kicking off from US$25,270 (AU$35,093) for the front-wheel-drive Sport grade and topping out at US$37,405 (AU$51,945) for the flagship Signature grade.
Currently, the CX-5 range in Australia is priced from $30,980 for the FWD Maxx to $51,330 for the diesel AWD Akera grade. American buyers do not have the option of a diesel engine.