Mazda has just endowed the CX-5 in the US market a few upgrades, as well as a new Carbon Edition variant. While we’re more than happy with the new CX-5 that arrived in the Philippines late last year, frankly, we can’t help but feel a little bit jealous.
What’s the big deal? Well, we like our infotainment systems here at Top Gear Philippines, and the CX-5 in North America now comes with a massive new 10.25-inch center display as well as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. And yes, you can still operate the multimedia system via Mazda’s convenient rotary dial in the center console.
Speaking of standard, all US-market CX-5 units also get advanced i-Activsense safety tech like radar cruise control and smart city brakes with pedestrian detection. The changes are relatively subtle, but they sweeten the deal for consumers who put a premium on in-car entertainment and tech.
Another new addition is the availability of a CX-5 Carbon Edition, which flaunts a handful of relative aesthetic advantages like a Polymetal Gray exterior finish, 19-inch alloys in black, gloss-black side-mirror housings, red leather seats, and some nice honeycomb trim inside. All these improvements give the crossover a stealthier, more subtle kind of vibe compared with the standard model. The front-wheel-drive Carbon Edition CX-5 carries a $28,855 (P1.4 million) price tag, while the Carbon Edition Turbo goes for $32,060 (P1.55 million).
In the US, the Mazda CX-5 is available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine
capable of 187hp and 252Nm of torque, or a 2.5-liter turbocharged Skyactiv-G with 227hp and 420Nm. No word on when or if local units will see the above-mentioned upgrades, but considering the refreshed version in our market came out in October 2020, those who want to see this new set of updates may be in for quite a wait.
So, what do you think of the US-market CX-5? Do you have your eyes on that infotainment screen, too?