Next Generation Mazda CX-5 On Its Way

Posted On 06 Jun 2017
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Introduced in 2012, the CX-5 was Mazda’s first compact SUV and Mazda’s first model to feature the full range of SKYACTIV Technology. With this all-new CX-5, Mazda aims to improve on the strengths of a vehicle that has captured well over 100 awards to date globally, redefining the standard for compact SUVs while evolving the car’s Jinba-Ittai personality in harmony with human sensibilities.

INTERIOR DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY

The all-new Mazda CX-5’s entirely human-centred interior design has been conceived with a focus on peerless cockpit ergonomics within an elegant, durable and spacious cabin layout, and painstaking attention to detail in the use of materials and the fit and finish of components.

Both the front and rear seats have been extensively revised to offer occupants better body core support, improved fatigue relief and greater comfort.

Making its first appearance on a Mazda, a power-operated tailgate is operated by open/close switches located both on the tailgate itself and within the driver’s switchgear. Operated via the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry button, the degree of tailgate opening can also be set.

The new 7” centre display is the first in a Mazda to adopt optical bonding to join the Liquid Crystal Display and touch panel, which suppresses reflections and presents a clearer image.

A new-generation steering wheel design features a more comfortable grip and a heated rim. The front windscreen in now equipped with a wiper de-icing system. And an automatic door mirror retracting system folds the door mirrors inwards when the doors are locked using the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry system.

Three interior colour schemes are available -Black fabric, and Black or Pure White leather. And a newly developed decorative panel within the dashboard conveys both the warmth of wood and the strength of metal.

DRIVING DYNAMICS

Nowhere is the human-centred development of Mazda’s Jinba Ittai car-and-driver-as-one design and engineering philosophy more apparent than in the driving dynamics of the all-new CX-5.

A particular focus has been paid to the minimisation of NVH within the cabin. The significant reduction of low frequency road noise, and high frequency wind and tyre noise making the all-new CX-5 interior quiet enough to allow all occupants to enjoy stress-free conversation while driving.

Further refinement of responsiveness and controllability through developments to the all-new Mazda CX-5’s SKYACTIV-BODY, SKYACTIV-CHASSIS and SKYACTIV VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies realises a feeling of complete command over the vehicle; all its movements matching the driver’s acceleration, steering and braking inputs as precisely as possible.

The all-new CX-5’s SKYACTIV-BODY boasts an increase in bodyshell torsional rigidity of 15% over that of the previous model, reducing the body’s response delay to steering inputs.

The all-new CX-5’s SKYACTIV-CHASSIS steering, suspension and brake systems have all been refined to enhance the handling stability and comfort for which the Mazda CX-5 is already acclaimed, further enriching and enhancing the pleasure of the Jinba Ittai driving experience.

Complimented by G-Vectoring Control (GVC) the first of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMIC technologies, the all-new CX-5 is more comfortable, refined and responsive than ever.

ENGINES AND TRANSMISSIONS

The all-new Mazda CX-5 is available with a choice of three engines: a SKYACTIV-D 2.2 turbodiesel and SKYACTIV-G 2.0.

Both petrol and diesel powerplants meet Euro 6 regulations. They are mated to a choice of upgraded SKYACTIV-MT manual and SKYACTIV DRIVE automatic transmissions, and are available equipped with either front-wheel drive or the latest generation of Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD all-wheel drive system.

The SKYACTIV-D turbodiesel engine benefits from three outstanding SKYACTIV-D technologies -High-Precision DE Boost Control, a Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control to sharpen engine responsiveness, improve quietness and enhance driving quality.

SAFETY

Developed as part of Mazda’s Proactive Safety philosophy, the all-new CX-5 is equipped with an enhanced and expanded range of the company’s advanced and innovative i-ACTIVSENSE driver-supporting safety technologies that deliver class-leading active safety performance.

The adoption of a forward sensing camera working in conjunction with the millimetre-wave radar of the previous generation system has expanded the capabilities of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE technologies.

Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop and Go function, and Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) with a 12-split LED array both feature enhanced functionality, whilst Advanced Smart City Brake Support (Advanced SCBS) and a Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) function are available for the first time on the CX-5 model range.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

Launched in 2012, the first Mazda CX-5 introduced the world to the company’s now range-wide KODO-Soul of Motion design philosophy.

For the first time on a Mazda, the all-new CX-5 features a power-operated tailgate, which may be controlled from the key fob, driver’s seat or the door itself.


STYLING

At 4,550 mm long, 1,840 mm wide and 1,680 mm high, the all-new CX-5 is 10 mm longer and 35 mm lower than its predecessor. Wheelbase length remains 2,700 mm. At 1,595 mm, both front and rear tracks are slightly wider than before, and the tyres are placed as near as possible to the outer corners of the bodyshell.

The overall body structure has been revised, with the A pillars repositioned some 35 mm further back and the relative positions of the front axle and A- pillars optimised. A single, powerful character line sweeping from the headlamps towards the rear tyres culminates at the rear in a trapezoidal form which extends from the new, power-operated tailgate outwards towards the rear tyres.

Mazda has evolved the thinking behind the brand’s frontend design. Strengthening the low, wide expression of the face are thinner, lower-placed LED headlamp clusters incorporating daytime running lights; a satin chrome signature wing that emphasises width by extending outwards from beneath the grille to underscore the headlamps; and long, thin LED fog lamp bezels that further accentuate the sense of breadth inherent in the front of the all-new Mazda CX-5.

The three-dimensional look of the Mazda badge and grille has also been strengthened. Featuring a new, three-sided pyramid precision design, the mesh curves gently inwards to the centre of the grille, both strengthening the visual power of the badge and accentuating the depth of the air intake.

To maximise this effect, Mazda has developed the new Soul Red Crystal body colour.

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