Buy­ers await a Tus­con vs CX- 5 price war

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

PHOTO: MAZDA

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.

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