Mazda updates CX-5

Mazda has treated its popular CX-5 to a host of styling and specification upgrades

Reuben Van Niekerk
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5 Akera

Mazda’s stylish and spacious SUV, the CX-5, has been treated to a significant update.

The current CX-5 model was launched in 2017 and accounts for a third of the Mazda’s sold in South Africa.


What’s new?

The major update includes an evolution of Mazda’s award-winning KODO design, with revised front and rear bumper designs as well as a new headlight and tailgate clusters. These elements combine to give the CX-5 a distinctly more modern and sharper look. Adaptive LED headlamps now include 20 segment LED arrays for better illumination and visibility. New alloy wheel designs complete the exterior upgrades.


Inside story

Inside, an updated seat design helps to stabilise occupants’ heads by lessening the speed of forward, backward and sideways head movement, which makes it easier for drivers to maintain their line of sight. Optimised pelvis support creates a more natural and comfortable seating posture.


Improved comfort and driving dynamics

The CX-5 utilises the latest Skyactiv-Vehicle architecture that offers a combination between dynamic performance and minimising fatigue thanks to improved driving dynamics, ride comfort and quality. This was achieved thanks to updates to the damping control and frame rigidity, which helps to suppress vibrations and road noise.


Increased practicality

Eliminating the height difference between the cargo area floor and the tailgate sill has increased the boot space of the updated CX-5. This makes loading and unloading of heavy goods easier and also means an even wider flat space when the rear seats are folded flat.


Exclusive updates for Akera

The Akera model offers a sportier interpretation of the latest updates with gloss black detailing on the bumper, wheel arches, side mouldings, door mirrors, signature wing as well as larger dual tailpipes. Subtle red accents in the grille and 19-inch black metallic alloy wheels round off the sporty look. Inside, the black leather seats, armrest, steering wheel, gear lever, console lid and knee pads feature red stitching. Black film on the dashboard and door panels as well as black pillars and roof lining complete the distinctive look.


Under the bonnet

The Mazda CX-5 is available with three engine variants. The petrol options include a 2.0 litre that offers 121kW at 6000rpm and 213Nm at 4000rpm or a 2.5 litre that offers 143kW at 6000rpm and 258Nm at 4000rpm. For those that prefer a diesel option the 2.2 litre boasts 140kW at 4500rpm and 450Nm at 2000rpm.


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