Buyers await a Tuscon vs CX- 5 price war
MAZDA Motor Corporation has unveiled the all- new Mazda CX- 5 crossover SUV, and promises a turbo diesel for the model early next year.
The new CX- 5 refines every element of Mazda’s design, which we at Wheels already rate as the current standard and, on the eye at least, is a worthy competitor for the Hyundai Tuscon, SA’s best- selling medium sport utility vehicle ( SUV), but is expected to arrive in local showrooms only mid- 2017.
The slogan for development of the Next- Gen Mazda CX- 5 is “an SUV all customers will enjoy”, which means Mazda’s designers aimed to ensure the passengers will also enjoy the ride. Hence, as with all Mazdas, the ergo- nomics are excellent. Not that this means the CX- 5, which in the current model range blew the socks off all enthusiastic drivers with its handling, are no longer a driver’s medium ute.
Mazda said it is still engineered to deliver responsive performance “that conforms to the driver’s expectations”.
These expectations can be pretty high, while this is not the sporty, twoseater MX- 5 that hugs the tarmac, this ute has that “car- like handling” the marketers like to proclaim, alongside the slightly higher seating position which drivers enjoy.
South Africa can expect the same powertrain lineup as Europe, which comprises the Skyactiv- g 2.0 and 2.5 petrol, and Skyactiv- d 2.2 diesel engines. All three engines provide smooth power delivery and despite the dangers of making any type of claim of low diesel emissions these days ( see the latest bout of litigation on page 4), Mazda said all its engines deliver “outstanding environmental performance”.
Maybe that just means they stand out for not having any cheating devicces or inflated fuel consumption claims? The CX- 5 is the second- bestselling medium SUV in South Africa, and it looks to be a ding- dong battle with specials on the showroom floors when it arrives next year. We recommend that even specials on the current model are worth snapping up.— WR.
The 2017 model of South Africa’s second- best- selling medium sport utility vehicle is coming to local dealers next year to take on the top- selling Hyundai Tuscon.