Mazda drops prices on new CX-5

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Just 13 months into its life cy­cle, Mazda Aus­tralia has given the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion CX-5 mid­size SUV an up­date that ush­ers in up­graded en­gines, in­creased stan­dard equip­ment and re­duced pric­ing.

The CX-5 con­tin­ues to be of­fered in 12 vari­ants across five grades, with the mid-range Maxx Sport and Tour­ing drop­ping in price by $400 apiece, while the flag­ship GT and Ak­era vari­ants have been dealt an $800 price cut.

Pric­ing for en­try-level Maxx vari­ants car­ries over.

Sim­i­larly, three Sky­ac­tiv pow­er­train op­tions re­turn, but each has been sig­nif­i­cantly up­graded to im­prove per­for­mance, fuel ef­fi­ciency, smooth­ness and quiet­ness.

Mazda’s lat­est 2.2-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der diesel unit adopts an egg-pro­file com­bus­tion cham­ber, ul­tra-high-re­sponse multi-hole piezo in­jec­tors, a higher 14.4:01 com­pres­sion ra­tio, sodium-filled ex­haust valves and a two-stage twin tur­bocharger with vari­able tur­bine geom­e­try, while torque out­put is higher in the low-to­mid range.

As a re­sult, max­i­mum power is up by 11kw, to 140kw at 4500rpm, while peak torque in­creases by 30Nm, to 450Nm at 2000rpm.

Fuel con­sump­tion on the com­bined cy­cle test drops by 0.3 litres per 100 kilo­me­tres, to 5.7L-100km.

Mean­while, the CX-5’S 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated four-cylin­der petrol pow­er­plants share their up­grades, which in­clude re­shaped in­take ports and pis­tons, redesigned mul­ti­hole fuel in­jec­tors and a new wa­ter flow man­age­ment sys­tem with a coolant con­trol valve, while torque out­put is also higher at all en­gine speeds.

The 2.5-litre en­gine also picks up cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion tech­nol­ogy – first re­vealed in the up­com­ing Mazda6 facelift – which dis­en­gages two of its four cylin­ders un­der light loads, such as when cruis­ing.

Max­i­mum power is up 1kw, to 115kw at 6000rpm, for the 2.0-litre pow­er­train, while its peak torque holds steady at 200Nm at 4000rpm.

Com­par­a­tively, the 2.5-litre unit pro­duces 140kw and 252Nm, up 1Nm, at the same en­gine speeds. The for­mer still drinks 6.9L-100km, while the lat­ter sips 7.4L-100km, down 0.1L100km.

As be­fore, the 2.2-litre diesel and 2.5-litre petrol are only avail­able with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and all-wheel drive, while the fron­twheel-drive-only 2.0-litre petrol is of­fered with a six-speed man­ual gear­box or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

While stan­dard equip­ment lev­els for the Maxx, Maxx Sport and GT grades re­main the same, the Tour­ing and Ak­era grades add a wind­screen-pro­jected head-up dis­play and a 360-de­gree cam­era – a Mazda first – re­spec­tively.

Mazda spirit

At the CX-5 na­tional me­dia launch in Springrange, New South Wales last week, Mazda Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Vi­nesh Bhindi ex­plained the com­pany’s ra­tionale be­hind up­dat­ing the CX-5 so early in its life cy­cle.

“In the true Mazda spirit, we are al­ways striv­ing for im­prove­ments, in­no­va­tion and evo­lu­tion,” he said.

“It’s our strong be­lief in the life of the com­bus­tion en­gine and a firm com­mit­ment to our vi­sion for sus­tain­abil­ity that sees Mazda in a con­stant pur­suit of bet­ter – bet­ter per­for­mance, bet­ter ef­fi­ciency, bet­ter value for the cus­tomer and, ul­ti­mately, a bet­ter drive. We are con­stantly look­ing to fur­ther re­fine and en­hance Sky­ac­tiv tech­nol­ogy. And as soon as this tech­nol­ogy be­comes avail­able, we do want to pass the ben­e­fits onto the cus­tomers – this is why we’re al­ready up­dat­ing the Mazda CX-5.”

Mazda Aus­tralia ex­pects to sell about 2000 up­graded CX-5S a month in the first year, with the Maxx Sport grade to ac­count for 33 per­cent of these sales, fol­lowed by the GT, 23 per­cent, Ak­era, 20 per­cent, Tour­ing, 15 per­cent and Maxx, nine per­cent.

The 2.5-litre petrol is fore­cast to be the most pop­u­lar pow­er­plant, with a 58 per­cent share of CX-5 sales, fol­lowed by the 2.0-litre petrol, 27 per­cent and 2.2-litre diesel, 15 per­cent.

The man­ual gear­box is only ex­pected to have a two per­cent sales share, while all-wheel drive is fore­cast to be the dom­i­nant driv­e­train choice, at 73 per­cent.

Sales of the CX-5 have al­ready been strong this year, with 6604 ex­am­ples sold to the end of March, rep­re­sent­ing a 10.6 per­cent in­crease over the 5973 de­liv­er­ies made dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2017.

This ef­fort places the Mazda first in the sub-$60,000 mid-size-suv seg­ment, fol­lowed by the Nis­san X-trail with 5794 units, Toy­ota RAV4, 5573, Hyundai Tuc­son, 4625, Honda CRV, 4538, and Mit­subishi Out­lander, 3995, among others.

“Look­ing specif­i­cally at the SUV seg­ment, Mazda CX-5 is a clear win­ner hav­ing held the top spot in this seg­ment in the mar­ket for the past five years,” Mr Bhindi said.

“Since its 2012 sales launch, we have seen steady growth in line with our pro­jec­tions, amass­ing more than 140,000 sales to date.

“This is a re­sult we are very, in­cred­i­bly proud of, and again it’s a tes­ta­ment to Mazda’s fo­cus on evo­lu­tion and in­no­va­tion.

“The CX-5 con­tin­ues to be in-de­mand and de­sir­able in Aus­tralia.

“It stands apart from com­peti­tors with class-lead­ing qual­ity and styling and now even bet­ter ef­fi­ciency and per­for­mance thanks to this most re­cent up­grade.”

Specif­i­cally, the range-open­ing Maxx grade is avail­able with the 2.0-litre petrol – ei­ther with the man­ual gear­box at $28,690 be­fore on-road costs, or au­to­matic trans­mis- sion, $30,690, and the 2.5-litre petrol $33,690. Maxx equip­ment lev­els ex­tend to 17-inch steel wheels, LED head­lights, power-fold­ing side mir­rors, black cloth up­hol­stery, a 7.0-inch MZD Con­nect in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, dig­i­tal ra­dio, a six-speaker sound sys­tem, key­less start, blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear park­ing sen­sors, rear crosstraf­fic alert, a re­vers­ing cam­era, and front and rear low-speed au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion.

The au­to­matic-only Maxx Sport grade is of­fered with the 2.0-litre, $33,990, and 2.5-litre, $36,990, petrols, and the 2.2-litre diesel, $39,990, with it adding 17-inch al­loy wheels, front LED fog­lights, dusk-sens­ing head­lights, rain-sens­ing wind­shield wipers, an auto-dim­ming rearview mir­ror, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and a rear cen­tre arm­rest with a USB port.

Step­ping up to the Tour­ing grade, with its 2.5-litre petrol, $38,590, or 2.2-litre diesel, $41,590, fur­ther adds heated side mir­rors, black Maz­tex ar­ti­fi­cial leather-black syn­thetic-suede up­hol­stery, key­less en­try, front park­ing sen­sors and traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion.

The GT grade is avail­able with the 2.5-litre petrol, $43,590, or 2.2-litre diesel, $46,590, and also in­cludes 19-inch al­loy wheels, adap­tive head­lights, a power tail­gate, a power glass sun­roof, a 10-way power-ad­justable driver seat with me­mory func­tion, a six-way power-ad­justable pas­sen­ger seat, heated front seats, black or pure white leather up­hol­stery and a 249W 10-speaker Bose sound sys­tem.

Mean­while, the Ak­era grade as­sumes flag­ship re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with its 2.5-litre petrol, $46,190, or 2.2-litre diesel, $49,190, ex­clu­sively fea­tur­ing adap­tive cruise con­trol with stop and go func­tion­al­ity, high beam as­sist, driver at­ten­tion alert, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, lane-keep as­sist and high­speed au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.

Eight paint colours are on of­fer, in­clud­ing Soul Red Crys­tal Metal­lic, Eter­nal Blue Mica, Ma­chine Grey Metal­lic, Sonic Sil­ver Metal­lic, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Ti­ta­nium Flash Mica, Deep Crys­tal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica.

MID­NIGHT OIL: The flag­ship CX-5 Ak­era grade can now be op­tioned with Mazda’s lat­est 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylin­der unit that pro­duces 140kw of power and 450Nm of torque.

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