With the new CX-5, its 2nd generation model, Mazda has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to build a car that’s enjoyable for not only the driver but the passengers too. The key phrase for the CX-5 is: “An SUV that every customer can enjoy.”
Based on the key phrase “Polished and strong,” the exterior was designed with three pillars: “A refined structure,” “A form with dignity,” and “Quality that’s put together well.” For the exterior, the treads have been expanded 10mm and the A pillar has been pulled back 35mm to improve safety and power. The headlights have been lowered slightly and the front grille given a more 3-dimensional form to produce a more virile image.
The design and packaging for the interior are all about comfort. The shift knob is positioned about 60mm higher for the AT version and 40mm higher for the MT version, providing better ease of handling. The front and back line of sight have been improved and new materials have been used for the seats for a more comfortable ride. The packaging realizes the design concept of “People-Focused.”
The body is 4545mm long, 1840mm wide and 1690mm tall with a 2700mm wheelbase. This is 5mm longer than the previous model, but 15mm shorter with no change to the width.
Three powertrain options are available, Skyactiv-G 2.0, Skyactiv-G 2.5, and Skyactiv-D 2.2. Mazda says, “It offers a powerful and linear drive, and excellent environmental performance.”
(Translated by Greg Scott)