Next-gen Mazda CX-5 scheduled for 2017 arrival

Joanna Estrada
November 17, 2016

The new Mazda CX-5 will add a diesel engine in Canada (and the U.S.) by the second half of next year, the automaker confirmed today. All are revised versions of the existing units, but we expect that - as now - only the diesel and smaller petrol engine will come to the UK.

"We look forward to seeing it make its racing debut at Daytona with Mazda bodywork and the Mazda MZ-2.0T engine".

It will be available with three, four-cylinder engine options: SkyActiv-G 2-liter and 2.5-liter gasoline engines, as well as a SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine. The HVAC vents have been moved and we also noticed the new additional display for warning messages and the seat heater settings.

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ARMED with a range of new interior features, the new generation Mazda CX-5 will arrive here after Easter next year with minor exterior changes.

Then there's the subtle tweaks that Mazda has made to the design of the vehicle. That's especially apparent up front, where a grille similar to ones on Mazda's road cars creates a distinctive look, although it probably serves no real function. As expected, the revamped CX-5 takes more than a bit of inspiration from the current CX-9. Soul Red Crystal is a new deeper more radiant red than its old Soul Red.

I spoke with Jade Gurss from Mazda Motorsports, and he told me that Mazda is the first auto brand to unveil a vehicle meant for the DPi category, and that doing so makes a lot of sense for the company, because racing something similar to what customers can buy helps further the brand.

Inside, the vehicle gets a revised layout, with buttons and knobs moving slightly so they're more accessible to drivers. To the point that, in profile the new CX-5 looks less like an SUV and more of a slightly taller hatchback. It will also have a head-up display.

16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -Today's announcement that Mazda will be bringing a new clean diesel version of its popular CX-5 SUV to the USA market is another strong signal that interest in diesel vehicles is on the rebound in the US, according to Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

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