Mazda teases 2017 CX-5 – plenty promised
Mazda has provided a shadowy glimpse at its critical new CX-5 compact SUV.
The Japanese car maker issued a teaser image of the secondgeneration soft roader while confirming it will be revealed at next month’s Los Angeles motor show.
Mazda says the CX-5 has become New Zealand’s largestselling medium SUV since launching in 2012.
"The original CX-5 made an unprecedented impact in New Zealand and we eagerly look forward to the arrival of the allnew CX-5 in 2017," said Mazda NZ’s managing director Andrew Clearwater.
Mazda hasn’t provided any additional details other than claiming it "has further refined every element of its design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure."
What is clear from the image is the car features a little more drama in its design with more sculptured body panels, a sharper nose that appears to resemble that recently introduced on the larger CX-9 and additional brightwork such as the full-length chrome highlight that runs along the lower edge of the glasshouse from the wing mirror to the intersection at the top of the C-pillar.
It is expected the secondgeneration CX-5 will borrow heavily from the CX-9 in terms of its interior design, new technology and the upgraded underpinnings that provide a dramatic improvement insulating outside noises from entering the cabin.
What isn’t obvious is whether the car is any bigger than the current model, which is falling behind the class leaders for rear seat space and cargo carrying capacity.
Either way, the CX-5 is likely to be lighter than the existing car and have the latest iteration of Mazda’s Skyactiv fuel-saving measures to further improve its efficiency.
As part of the statement confirming its presence at the LA motor show, Mazda confirmed it will be supported by technology exhibits of the 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated engines that are currently available in the CX-5 as well as the 2.5-litre turbo charged from the CX-9.
While that indicates there are improvements made to the existing engines, it is unsure yet whether then CX-5 will be offered with the more powerful turbo motor.
Mazda also confirmed it will debut an all-new prototype race car at the LA show.
The Japanese marque currently competes in the American-based IMSA sportscar series with a diesel-powered machine, but it is expected the new car will be driven by a racing version of the CX-9’s turbo petrol four cylinder.
More details will be revealed on the opening day of the LA motor show on November 16.