The next-generation Mazda CX-5 has just made its world debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show. New Mazda CX-5 2018 MY received new exterior and interior styling. Mazda’s best-selling model is due to adopt a modified version of the 2.2-liter four-cylinder. It will be offered in the U.S. for the first time. When it first arrived in 2012, the CX-5 introduced a muscular and exciting design combined with impressive performance and sharp handling. The second generation is now here to further improve its well-known qualities without bringing revolutionary changes. As for the 2018 Mazda CX-5, it is scheduled to go on sale in February 2017 on the Japanese market. The rest of the world markets will follow in the spring of the same year. Now, the diesel-powered model is expected to arrive in the second half of 2017.
2018 Mazda CX-5 Redesign
When it comes to the sheet metal, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 redesign brings mostly evolutionary changes that give this model a sharper take on the already sleek-looking KODO design language. The new front end now sports a large mesh grille framed by a chrome strip. Compared to the current model, the new one features a greenhouse lower and longer by 10 mm. The front and rear track come wider than before. The model also offers better visibility thanks to the A-pillars being pushed back an additional 35 mm. The overall exterior comes as a downsized version of the design introduced with the attractive CX-9. As a result, the redesigned CX-5 manages to appear both athletic and sophisticated at the same time. Mazda will also introduce a new Soul Red Crystal body paint that represents an evolution in the brand’s color techniques.
Thanks to the revised underpinnings, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 boasts an improved driving experience. The model also benefits from the use of ultra-high-tensile steel. It gives it torsional rigidity improved by 15.5 percent, whereas a new column-type electric steering system enhances the SUV’s steering response. One of the most prominent upgrades includes Mazda’s new G-Vectoring control system. This system works together with the SkyActiv engine range, providing a generally improved driving experience.
As for the gasoline lineup, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 will use the same 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines found in the outgoing model. Their power output will be rated at 155 and 184 horsepower, respectively. As mentioned, the 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder will make its debut on the U.S. market, making 173 hp and quite impressive 310 lb-ft of torque. There will be both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive to choose between. This model is expected to retain the manual gearbox option that is currently on offer.
After the 2018 Mazda CX-5 redesign, this highly popular SUV will become an even more attractive choice in this crowded segment. In our opinion, it will have all it takes to outdo the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape/Kuga, Volkswagen Tiguan or Honda CR-V.