Mazda has commenced production of the new2017 CX-5 at its Ujina plant near Hiroshima, ahead of the medium SUV’s Japanese-market introduction in February next year.
Introduced at the LA Auto Show earlier this month, the new CX-5 evolves Mazda’s Kodo design language with a new look inside and out that builds on styling themes established by the first generation CX-5, as well as the larger seven-seat CX-9.
The CX-5 is a key model for Mazda globally, with sales increasing year-on-year since the model was introduced in 2011 making up almost a quarter of Mazda’s overall sales volume around the world.
Mazda has remained tight-lipped about the engines for the new CX-5, but is expected to introduce further developments of the SkyActiv 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engine range and six-speed transmissions available across the current vehicle line-up.
A stiffer body, riding on the same wheelbase as before, improvements to noise insulation, the addition of rear seat face-level air vents, and Mazda’s multi-information head-up display help bring the CX-5 up to modern standards.
Australian buyers can expect the new CX-5 to go on sale in the first half of 2017, with details of price and features to be announced closer to launch. Until then you can catch the new CX-5 in motion rolling of the Ujina production line, below.
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