Mazda revealed the all-new CX-5 at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s a completely redesigned edition of the compact SUV that in 2012 kicked off a generation of critically acclaimed Mazda cars, which feature the company’s efficient lightweight SkyActiv technology and award-winning Kodo – Soul of Motion designs.
Mazda refined virtually every aspect of the all-new CX-5, aiming to share the pleasure of driving with everyone on board. The new generation was engineered with a strong focus on human sensibilities to deliver responsive performance corresponding to driver expectations, but also prioritising passenger comfort for a pleasant ride in a quiet and finely crafted cabin.
The all-new CX-5 comes with the full range of SkyActiv technology, which includes 2-litre and 2.5-litre petrol engines and a 2.2-litre clean diesel engine. All three motors deliver powerful, linear performance along with outstanding real-world fuel economy and remarkably low emissions.
The new model also features G-Vectoring Control, a new Jinba Ittai-enhancing system from Mazda. Additional highlights include a windscreen head-up display – one of the first in its class – and a remote-controlled power liftgate.
The bold, sensual Kodo exterior enhances the CX-5’s distinct personality. Its physique emphasises a solid stance and expression of forward momentum, while the newly developed Soul Red Crystal body colour premiering on the CX-5 highlights Kodo’s appeal by heightening the depth of the body’s surfaces.
Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red Metallic, imparting a fresher, more radiant transparence with 20% greater colour saturation and 50% more depth.
Like other Mazda premium colours, Soul Red Crystal uses Mazda’s Takuminuri painting technology, which gives mass production vehicles the quality and precision of a hand-painted finish, in a unique three-coat structure. Thanks to a specially developed pigment and different flakes that reflect and absorb light, Mazda achieved an extraordinarily deep and vivid finish with Soul Red Crystal.
The new second-generation CX-5 will go on sale in February in Japan, prior to its rollout in other markets around the world. Currently Mazda’s best-selling model in Europe, the CX-5 is sold in more than 120 countries and represents around one-quarter of Mazda’s global unit sales. It has won more than 90 awards worldwide, including 2012-2013 Japan Car of the Year.
Read our 2015 comparison of Mazda CX-5 and Ford Kuga.