The refreshed Mazda CX-5 finally breaks cover after a few shots of it were circulating online last week. In terms of upgrades, the brand’s best-selling crossover gets subtle changes on the exterior and interior, along with some slight tweaks for enhanced driving dynamics.
On the outside, the CX-5 looks sleeker and more elegant than before, with it having a more mature execution of Mazda’s KODO design language. Its fascia looks more imposing and meaner all thanks to the new grille and headlights. One notable change upfront would be its new bumpers that already ditched the fog light housings; it's a design element that’s reminiscent of the one found on the Mazda3 Sportback.
Going over the side, the CX-5 still has its well-planted body lines giving it a curvaceous profile. Depending on the variant, the compact crossover could either come with a body-colored or gloss black cladding, plus, sportier trims also come with blacked-out rims and side mirrors.
Wheel options for the new model include 19-inch alloys which sort of looks like the ones found on the updated CX-8 in international markets. Lower trims, on the other hand, come with smaller 17-inch rims. The rear gets subtle changes as well, with the refreshed CX-5 having a new pair of taillights which sort of resembles the one found on the CX-30 along with a revised bumper.
Notably, European markets will have a special Newground variant that’s adorned with some matt cladding paired with a silver garnish material, a set of two-tone alloy wheels, and lime green accents for the interior along with leather-suede seats.
The CX-5 still retains its familiar line of SkyActiv engines including the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G, 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G, 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv-G, and the 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D. In other markets, the aforementioned engines are mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
For enhanced driving dynamics, it now comes with Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive), which lets drivers choose between various drive modes including a new off-road mode. In conjunction with that, this crossover will now be offered with standard AWD for the US market. Safety has also been upgraded for its model year 2022, with the CX-5 having a new Cruising and Traffic Support feature for its radar-guided adaptive cruise control.
The updated Mazda CX-5 will be first available in the US by December 2021. Perhaps, other markets will follow including the Philippines.