Australia’s most popular SUV looks to extend its hold on the market, with the Mazda CX-5 adding new technologies to boost performance and improve efficiency across all engine grades.

Committed to the pursuit of driving pleasure and achieving optimal efficiency in line with Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 vision, Mazda has introduced a range of innovative SKYACTIV technologies to the CX-5 engine lineup to improve real-world combustion, torque and power output.

The latest and most advanced SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine will debut on the Mazda CX-5. It adds a new two-stage twin turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, helping to increase maximum power output from 129kW to 140W and maximum torque from 420Nm to 450Nm.

Taking Mazda one step closer to its goal of ideal diesel combustion, the engine adopts Rapid Multi-stage Combustion, with a new stepped egg-profile combustion chamber in piston, and ultra-high-response multi-hole piezo injectors. Combined with the benefits of the turbocharger, the engine’s compression ratio increases from 14.0:1 to 14.4:1.

A new water flow management system has also been added, quickening engine warm-up to help achieve better real-world fuel economy.

In another first for Mazda, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol engine adopts cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel consumption when driving at constant speeds.

Unlike other manufacturers employing similar technology, Mazda’s system shuts down cylinders one and four in light-load situations, reducing pumping loss and mechanical resistance. When cruising at 40km/h, real world fuel economy is improved by approximately 20 per cent, and by approximately five per cent when at a constant 80km/h.

Ever evolving and improving Mazda’s petrol engines, a suite of new technologies have been added to both SKYACTIV-G 2.5L and SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engines to further improve efficiency.

A more rapid combustion is achieved with new and precisely tuned intake ports, generating a stronger tumble flow during intake stroke. Combined with a reshaped piston crown, the result is greater torque at low-to-mid rpm and improved fuel economy at high rpms.

The nozzles of the multi-hole fuel injectors have been redesigned for more efficient fuel injection, increasing pressure from 20MPa to 30MPa to realise a faster and more broadly dispersed spray.

A new Water Flow Management system (WFM) adds a coolant control valve to reduce the flow of coolant around the walls of the combustion chamber, helping reduce heat loss while the engine warms up.

The engines also adopts asymmetrical oil rings, with a larger outer radius at the top and smaller radius at the bottom edge, and revised piston skirt curvature realises an ideal barrel shape. Combined, these changes reduce mechanical resistance, contributing to better fuel economy.

Collectively, the updates to the petrol engine range have accounted for a 1Nm increase in torque for the 2.5L variant, and a 1kW increase in power for the 2.0L variant.

The top of the range Akera will also see added functionality with a 360° view monitor added to its equipment, while the Touring will introduce windscreen Active Driving Display in lieu of the flip-up display on the previous model.

This more advanced CX-5 is also now more affordable, with price drops across the range. The Maxx Sport and Touring variants will retail for $400 less than the previous model, while GT and Akera will retail for $800 less.

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the updated CX-5 is another example of Mazda’s commitment to constant evolution in pursuit of best in class performance and efficiency.

“The CX-5 introduces some major developments with cylinder deactivation and the variable geometry turbocharger, but it’s the smaller technologies that advance Mazda to the ultimate goal of fuel efficiency in combustion engines,” said Bhindi.

“Mazda truly loves the motorcar, and will continue to refine, innovate and pursue technologies that enhance driving pleasure, while also delivering outstanding environmental and safety performance.”

There are 12 varieties of the updated Mazda CX-5 on offer, including three Maxx, and three Maxx Sport, and two each of the Touring, GT and Akera grades.

The Mazda CX-5 comes with a choice of SKYACTIV-G 2.0L or SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol engines, or SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engine, and is available in FWD and AWD drivetrains paired with a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission or a SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission.

The updated Mazda CX-5 is on sale now.

Mazda cx-5 pricing

MODEL

ENGINE

 DRIVETRAIN

MLP

 Maxx

 2.0L GE 6MT

 FWD

$28,690

 2.0L GE 6AT

 FWD

$30,690

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$33,690

 Maxx Sport

 2.0L GE 6AT

 FWD

$33,990

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$36,990

 2.2L DE 6AT

 AWD

$39,990

 Touring

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$38,590

 2.2L DE 6AT

 AWD

$41,590

 GT

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$43,590

 2.2L DE 6AT

 AWD

$46,590

 Akera

 2.5L GE 6AT

 AWD

$46,190

 2.2L DE 6AT

 AWD

$49,190

 

The eagerly anticipated Next-Gen Mazda CX-5, which is now on sale, boasts new levels of refinement and sophistication and offers a premium driving experience.

Australia’s favourite SUV for the last four years, and now available in five grades for the first time, the Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 integrates a beautifully elegant and quiet interior with a mature exterior design and an expanded suite of impressive i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies.

In addition, thanks to the inclusion of G-Vectoring Control and the comfortable, newly designed front and rear seats, ride and handling is more enjoyable for both the driver and passengers, while rear air vents and an electric tailgate are available on selected grades.

With prices starting from $28,690 (plus on road costs) for the entry-level Maxx, the range also consists of a core-grade Maxx Sport, an all-new core-plus Touring spec, the high-grade GT and the top-of-the-range Akera.

The Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 Maxx features LED headlamps, power mirrors, rear seats with a reclining function and 40/20/40 split fold backrests, MZD Connect with a multi-function commander control, Digital radio and Bluetooth, advanced keyless push button engine start, and Blind Spot Monitoring BSM), rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), reverse camera and Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R) as standard equipment.

Stepping up, the Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport adds 17-inch alloys, dual zone climate control air conditioning, rear seats with centre armrest storage and USB inputs, satellite navigation and rear air vents.

The well-appointed Touring spec - which has been introduced to attract existing buyers to higher end grades and to reduce the price gap between the Maxx Sport and GT variants - has everything the entry and core grade alternatives have, but also includes a flip-up Active Driving Display, black Maztex/suede seat trim, advanced keyless entry, front parking sensors and Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR).

The GT grade has 19-inch alloys, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), a power operated tailgate and sunroof, a windscreen mounted Active Driving Display and black or pure white leather seat trim, while the top-spec Akera comes with an additional range of i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology including; Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with stop and go function, Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane-keep Assist System (LAS), a side camera and Smart Brake Support (SBS).

The Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 is available with three efficient engine types including a 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G petrol and a 2.2 litre SKYACTIV-D diesel, mated with either a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission, and in All-Wheel and Front-Wheel Drive.

Running on standard unleaded (91 RON) or diesel, fuel economy numbers start from a low 6.9L/100km for the 2.0L petrol engine and 7.5 litres per hundred for the 2.5 litre petrol alternative, while the Diesel sips a light 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres. Diesel models also take on the High-Precision DE Boost Control, Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control technologies recently introduced on Mazda6, which combine to further evolve the level of driving performance and quietness.

There are eight contemporary exterior colours to choose from, including the newly developed Soul Red Crystal Metallic, plus Machine Grey Metallic, Eternal Blue Mica, Jet Black Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, Deep Crystal Blue Mica and Titanium Flash Mica.

The Next-Gen Mazda CX-5 also features the efficient and lightweight SKYACTIV Technology, the impressive i-ACTIV AWD all-wheel drive system, and the award-winning ‘KODO - Soul of Motion’ design language.

Pricing – Manufacturer’s List Price*

Grade Engine  Transmission MLP

Maxx

2.0L Petrol 6MT
2.0L Petrol 6AT
2.5L Petrol 6AT
FWD
FWD
AWD
$28,690
$30,690
$33,690

Maxx Sport

2.0L Petrol 6AT
2.5L Petrol 6AT
2.2L Diesel 6AT
FWD
AWD
AWD
$34,390
$37,390
$40,390

Touring

 

2.5L Petrol 6AT
2.2L Diesel 6AT
AWD
AWD
$38,990
$41,990

GT

 

2.5L Petrol 6AT
2.2L Diesel 6AT
AWD
AWD
$44,390
$47,390
Akera 2.5L Petrol 6AT
2.2L Diesel 6AT
AWD
AWD
$46,990
$49,990

*Manufacturer’s List Price
Note: Soul Red Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic paint costs an additional $300, all other colours are free of charge.

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the Next Gen Mazda CX-5 will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which is open to the public November 18-27. Mazda will hold a press conference at 12:50pm on November 16, the first of two press days.

With the Next Gen Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV, Mazda has further refined every element of its design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure. Taking the “KODO - Soul of Motion” design concept to a new level, the company has honed the car’s beauty, imparting a powerful combination of sophistication and strength.

Mazda’s Exhibits at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Vehicles scheduled for sale Next Gen Mazda CX-5 [world premiere], Mazda MX-5 RF
Vehicles on sale Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 (current model), 
Mazda CX-9
Reference exhibits Mazda Prototype (race car) [world premiere]
Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (petrol engine)
SKYACTIV-G 2.5 (petrol engine)
SKYACTIV-G 2.5T (direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine)

The New Mazda CX-5 is getting a host of interior, exterior and safety improvements that are expected to continue Australia’s passion for this vehicle. Since arriving in February 2012, the Mazda CX-5 has taken the country by storm. It has sold almost 1,700 units per month since launch, with total vehicle sales now approaching 60,000 sales. On sale from February 1, the New Mazda CX-5 has evolved with some sharp internal and external styling changes; the introduction of new i-ACTIVSENSE technologies takes safety to a new level, whilst improved dynamics make driving even more enjoyable. The New CX-5 now features MZD Connect, Mazda’s advanced next-generation car connectivity system, that includes a seven-inch touch screen display operated by a centrally located commander control knob.

Further updates and additions to the New CX-5 comprise a wide array of both driving and safety features including Mazda’s first-ever electric parking brake and the introduction of many new i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies*:

  • Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH) improve visibility at night,
  • Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) supports the driver in steering the car,
  • Driver Attention Alert (DAA) monitors how the driver performs at speed
  • Smart City Brake Support (Forward/Reverse) (SCBS F/R) adds rearward detection to help reduce the likelihood of an accident.
  • New Mazda CX-5 also offers Smart Brake Support (SBS) and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

The New CX-5 will continue to lead the pack thanks to an elegant new exterior design. The CX-5’s front-end has been re-imagined, offering a design that is bolder and tauter than its predecessor. The front grille mesh has been replaced with five horizontal fins; front head and fog lamps and rear combination lamps use LEDs*, there is a newly designed 19 inch wheel that includes five paired spokes and there are two new CX-5 colours, Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica. While these upgrades make New CX-5 even more stylish, it is its driving and handling that sets it apart from the competition. Changes to the CX-5’s suspension system offers a smoother, flatter ride, while NVH has been improved thanks to ‘path-blocking and concentrated sound absorption’. An outing is further enhanced with the addition of Drive Selection* which switches drive modes for a more responsive drive. 

The New CX-5 continues to be powered by ground-breaking SKYACTIV technology that delivers both driving enjoyment and great fuel efficiency. There are three powertrain choices available, the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre and 2.5 litre petrol engines and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 litre diesel engine – which all offer clever i-stop technology to contribute to fuel efficiency across the entire CX-5 range. In a further win for buyers - thanks to the new Japan Free Trade Agreement - prices for the New CX-5, even with an abundance of new equipment, have decreased. The entry grade CX-5 Maxx with SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre engine and SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission had a Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) from $27,800 when it was launched in February 2012; the New CX-5 equivalent has an MLP from $27,190 – a reduction of $610. With a range of new options now also available, there is a New CX-5 for everyone.

New CX-5 Pricing

Maxx

6MT

$27,190

Maxx Safety

6MT

$28,420

Maxx

6AT

$29,190

Maxx Safety

6AT

$30,420

Maxx Sport

6AT

$32,790

Maxx Sport Safety

6AT

$34,020

2.5L Petrol AWD

Maxx

6AT

$32,190

Maxx Safety

6AT

$33,420

Maxx Sport

6AT

$35,790

Maxx Sport Safety

6AT

$37,020

GT

6AT

$43,390

GT Safety

6AT

$44,450

Akera

6AT

$47,410

2.2L Diesel AWD

Maxx Sport

6AT

$38,990

Maxx Sport Safety

6AT

$40,220

GT

6AT

$46,590

GT Safety

6AT

$47,650

Akera

6AT

$50,610

Soul Red metallic paint - $200

*on selected grades