Los Angeles, CA – The compact crossover segment is the fastest growing sector in the auto industry, and Mazda aims to capitalize with the reveal of its all-new, second-generation Mazda CX-5 crossover at a private event at Hollywood Studios a day ahead of the 2016 LA Auto Show.
The CX-5 was the first Mazda vehicle to receive the Kodo – Soul of Motion design language currently found throughout most of its models. For 2017, the Japanese brand is kicking it up a notch by improving on its look with the next evolution of Kodo, naturally in the CX-5.
Mazda is already known for a combination of style and substance, but it wanted to put a stamp on that by designing an emotional and rugged new demeanour, that they are calling “refined toughness.” According to Mazda Canada's press release, the new Kodo design takes it to a “higher level by creating a fresh expression of beauty that appeals to mature sensibilities.”
A sense of forward motion from the front to rear is carried forward into this new model; however, Mazda has gone even further with a more pronounced, chiseled look. Many areas of the new crossover have been constructed from a lower perspective starting with its sleekly thin headlamps to its centre of gravity, all in an effort to separate itself from the conventional design languages found in this highly competitive segment.
Overall, the result is a thinner front fascia, more striking lines across its body and a trapezoidal shape at its rear that exemplifies its level of style. In addition, Mazda rolled out the CX-5 with a new Soul Red Crystal colour that showcases a fresh and evolutionary look thanks to a 20% greater colour saturation and 50% more depth than the previous Soul Red version,
More Skyactiv technology
Design is only one phase of the new CX-5, as the new model claims to offer “new dimensions of driving pleasure.” It all starts with its direct-injected base 155-hp Skyactiv-G 2.0 and more powerful 184-hp Skyactiv-G 2.5 engine offerings. They are both carryovers from the previous model year and can be matched to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission with the option of Mazda's predictive i-Activ all-wheel-drive system.
The Mazda CX-5 is known for its handling prowess, and that appears to be getting enhanced by Mazda's new Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics series that includes G-Vectoring Control (GVC). This technology adjusts torque based on the driver's steering wheel actions to create a more responsive and stable ride without any passengers swaying from side-to-side. Added responsiveness can be also attributed to a 15.5 per cent increase in torsional rigidity over the previous iteration.
Another new feature is Mazda's Auto-hold function. This technology holds the CX-5 at a stop even after the driver's foot lifts off the brake pedal.
Interior tweaked for comfort
The interior doesn't go through an extensive change, but it's tweaked for comfort, technology and functionality. The front seat seatbacks will incorporate suspension mats, as well as more depth and a high-damping urethane foam for more cushion; while the rear seats will utilize a two-step reclining feature, along with seat cushions, a lower hip point and the option of heated seats. Visibility is also enhanced with rearward positioning of the A-pillars, smaller door mirrors and a slightly lower beltline for additional visuals.
The CX-5 will join the CX-3 and CX-9 in mounting the seven-inch centre display on top of the dash for less driver distraction. That unit will combine with a new high-resolution 4.6-inch colour TFT LCD to modernize the look of the compact crossover. A new Active Driving Display can showcase navigational instructions on the windshield.
As for style, the interior takes on a clean look with only the centre display on the dash. Otherwise, the design takes on a simplistic, yet premium appeal with the use of soft leather, white stitching and a blend of metal and natural wood.
The all-new Mazda CX-5 will be a 2017 model year vehicle with sales to start in February in Japan with the global markets including Canada to follow soon after.