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.

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