Mazda, it seems, isn't letting the CX-5 rest on its laurels just a few short months after the crossover was named the 2012-2013 Japan Car of the Year.
Calling it "the spirit of nonstop improvement," Mazda has decided to make its CX-5 "a little bit more attractive with a series of drivability, design and functionality enhancements."
Foremost of these enhancements is the addition of a kick-down switch to CX-5 units equipped with its Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmissions. Using a kick-down detent, it supposedly "helps drivers prevent unwanted downshifts or initiate faster ones when more torque is desired."
Thanks to an enhanced powertrain control module, Mazda claims the CX-5’s engines are now even more free-revving than ever, with the tachometers being updated accordingly with higher redlines.
The CX-5's interior was also upgraded with the focus on letting the driver concentrate on operating the vehicle. To do this, Mazda enhanced the Bluetooth functionality of the audio system by including a voice-command feature for music management, as well as display and readout capability for e-mail and SMS received via a Bluetooth-connected smartphone.
The new silver accent for the audio panel button also improves usability by making it easier to locate. Robust vinyl door armrests have also been added on fabric-upholstery-equipped models to improve durability.
Let's hope we see these upgrades in the Philippine-market CX-5 units imported by local Mazda distributor Berjaya Auto Philippines.