For the new five-seater's design, the emphasis is on "refined toughness" while still exhibiting the signature elements of Mazda's Kodo design. On the outside, the new CX-5 has a lower stance and the A-pillars have been pushed back slightly. In front are thinner and lower-placed headlamps and a signature wing that gives it a sportier look. The new mesh section of the front grille features a detailed three-dimensional pattern.
At 4,550mm, the all-new CX-5 will be 10mm longer than the current model. Its color selection will include Mazda's newest paint: Soul Red Crystal.
Inside, there is a redesigned dash that flows outward from the steering wheel. The floor console has been raised and the shift knob is positioned higher to put it nearer to the driver's reach. The rear seats have been improved with a lower hip point, a three-dimensional shape to the cushions, and a new two-step reclining mechanism. Seat heaters and floor console air-conditioning vents are also available. The luggage boasts 505L of space, five more than the current model. Customers can select from one of three interior packages: pure white, black leather, or black fabric.
The new CX-5 adopts a high-res 4.6-inch LCD screen. It will also have an Active Driving Display system that projects navigation info onto the windshield. Passengers can sync their devices to the car with Mazda Connect and blast their music with the installed Bose 10-speaker sound system.
The engine line-up includes SKYACTIV-G 2.0- and 2.5-liter gasoline mills, and a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel engine. They can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The CX-5 will feature G-Vectoring Control for better handling. Underneath, the suspension system uses McPherson struts in front and a multi-link system in the rear.
For added safety, the compact SUV will adopt Mazda's auto-hold function, which keeps the car stopped even after the driver releases the brake. Also installed is radar cruise control, which can follow the vehicle in front from a standing stop.
The all-new CX-5 will be sold in Japan starting February, with launches in other markets to follow. It will make its official debut later this week at the Los Angeles Motor Show. So now the waiting game begins for us. Who knows, maybe the folks over at Mazda Philippines will surprise us again like they did when they launched the CX-3.