CX-5 is on the prowl

South Western Times - - Wheels -

Mazda has added a new en­gine to its CX-5 range, with the su­per pop­u­lar medium SUV to have the op­tion of turbo-petrol power from next month.

The new 2.5-litre four-cylin­der turbo-petrol is also found in the CX-9 and Mazda6 and of­fers 170kW and 420Nm of torque, mak­ing it the most pow­er­ful of the CX-5’s en­gines, but of­fer­ing 30Nm less torque than the diesel vari­ant.

It also makes it the thirsti­est, drink­ing 8.2L/100km com­pared with the 2.0 and 2.5-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated petrol’s 6.9 and 7.4L/100km re­spec­tively and the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel’s 5.7L/100km.

On the plus side, it still only needs 91RON petrol.

It’s only avail­able in GT and Ak­era trims, each cost­ing $500 less than the diesel vari­ant.

Mazda has also up­dated the rest of the range, adding its G-Vec­tor­ing Plus steer­ing sys­tem and tweak­ing the sus­pen­sion’s front and rear dampers and sta­bilis­ers for a smoother ride.

Stan­dard safety has also been up­graded with the ad­di­tion of smart brake sup­port, adap­tive cruise con­trol, driver at­ten­tion alert, high beam con­trol, lanede­par­ture warn­ing and lane­keep as­sist all as stan­dard.

There have also been changes in­side and out.

HVAC con­trols have been re­ar­ranged, while the top-spec Ak­era now has dark Nappa leather trim, real wood dash and door inserts, am­bi­ent LED lights, ven­ti­lated front seats, a heated steer­ing wheel and heated rear outer seats. As pre­vi­ously re­ported, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto are now stan­dard on Mazda ve­hi­cles.

Ex­ter­nally, vari­ants get new wheels rang­ing from 17-19 inches. Prices of the ex­ist­ing vari­ants have risen across the board, be­tween $480 and $1080, though Mazda says the Maxx Sport and GT grades have added $2000 for the $880 price hike. The CX-5 range is avail­able now at Spencer Mo­tors.

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