Australia’s top-selling SUV last year is now more appealing, with Mazda launching its updated CX-5 for 2015.
Officially unveiled at last year’s LA Auto Show, the updated midsizer now features refreshed styling and safety improvements, along with new interior appointments and a lower starting price than last year.
Thanks to Australia’s free trade agreement with Japan, pricing now ranges from $27,190 (down $610) for the 2.0 litre front-wheel-drive Maxx with manual transmission, to $50,610 for the Akera automatic all-wheel-drive diesel; plus on-road costs.
The 2015 CX-5 continues with the same engines from last year featuring Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, including two naturally-aspirated petrol units and a single turbo-diesel option.
A 2.0 litre petrol unit with 114kW/200Nm kicks off the range, available only with FWD Maxx models and the exclusive engine option for buyers seeking the six-speed manual transmission.
The larger 138kW/250Nm 2.5 litre petrol engine and 129kW/400Nm 2.2 litre turbo-diesel are available only with AWD and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The petrol engines return 6.4 l/100km and 7.4 l/100km respectively, while the diesel’s fuel figure is 5.7 l/100km. All three engines feature stop/start technology.
Front styling is where the greatest differences can be seen over the 2014 model, which Mazda describes as “bolder and tauter” than its predecessor.
A new grille dominates the front end while rear styling is virtually identical, apart from updated tail-lamps.
Some models now feature LED head- and tail-lamps, while a new 19-inch alloy wheel design and two new paint finishes - Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica - also feature.
Non-visual changes centre around the CX-5’s suspension which has been tweaked for a smoother, flatter ride, while road noise in the cabin has been reduced by 10 percent thanks to improved sound-deadening.
A new ‘Drive Selection’ feature is available on some models, which Mazda says can provide “a more responsive drive”.
Inside, the 2015 CX-5 sees the introduction of Mazda’s ‘MZD’ connectivity system which includes a seven-inch touchscreen, operated by a central control knob.
The new CX-5’s interior has been “optimised”, to maximise head room and rear leg room.
There’s also an electronic parking brake (a first for Mazda), along with an array of safety features called ‘i-ACTIVESENSE’.
Depending on the variant, the new CX-5 is available with adaptive LED headlamps, lane-keep assist, driver attention alert, smart city brake support and radar cruise control.
Every model across the range gets six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and a reversing camera.
Since its launch in 2012, CX-5 sales as a percentage have been spilt 65/35 between AWD and FWD and 80/20 between petrol- and diesel-powered models, with the Maxx Sport being the most popular variant.
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 is on sale from February 1.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2015 MAZDA CX-5
2.0 Litre Petrol Front-Wheel-Drive
- Maxx - six-speed manual - $27,190
- Maxx Safety - six-speed manual - $28,420
- Maxx - six-speed automatic - $29,190
- Maxx Safety - six-speed automatic - $30,420
- Maxx Sport - six-speed automatic - $32,790
- Maxx Sport Safety - six-speed automatic - $34,020
2.5 Litre Petrol All-Wheel-Drive Six-Speed Automatic
- Maxx - $32,190
- Maxx Safety - $33,420
- Maxx Sport - $35,790
- Maxx Sport Safety - $37,020
- GT - $43,390
- GT Safety - $44,450
- Akera - $47,410
2.2 Litre Diesel All-Wheel-Drive Six-Speed Automatic
- Maxx Sport - $38,990
- Maxx Sport Safety - $40,220
- GT - $46,590
- GT Safety - $47,650
- Akera - $50,610