The wait is over. After weeks of teasing, Bermaz Auto Philippines (BAP) Inc., the local distributor of Mazda cars, finally unveils the 2nd generation of the CX-5 compact crossover at the 2017 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). It’s revamped all over and given flashy updates, which totally defines what the tagline ‘a new breed of luxury’ is all about.
Looking back, the 1st generation CX-5 released in 2012 was the first Mazda to carry the KODO design language and SKYACTIV Technology. It was an impressive feat, and Mazda aims to redefine that with the all-new CX-5.
The first thing you’ll notice about the 2nd generation model is its resemblance to the CX-9, although, smaller. Its refined exterior design is a departure from its predecessor. The grille is now wider and has a meshed styling, while the bonnet leans forward, giving the compact crossover an aggressive demeanor. Moreover, the signature chrome design across the fascia is also prominent with the all-new model, giving it a distinctive look.
In profile, the all-new CX-5 has more muscular character lines, as well as a longer and defined bonnet. It also has a touch of class with the chrome accent by the windows. The slimmer head- and taillights also give the compact crossover a sleek look – not to mention its new color options, such as the Soul Red Crystal and Machine Gray, that were achieved through enhanced painting process.
At the rear, the redesigned bumper looks bold, while the taillights has also been restyled to match the “eye” headlamps. In combination the rear spoiler, shark fin antenna, and twin exhaust pipes, the all-new CX-5 has a sporty demeanor, making you want to take the compact crossover to an adventure.
Inside, the all-new CX-5 has also been revamped and reconfigured. The driver-centric ambience is apparent in the cabin, with the essential buttons for driving laid out and easily accessible for the driver. In addition, the most prominent change with the all-new CX-5 is the floating head unit, which is similar to the other models in Mazda’s range. It’s output can be heard through either 10-speaker BOSE system or a regular 6-speaker setup.
The rear seats, on the other hand, is given additional comfort and convenience with air conditioning vents and USB charging ports. To put it up a notch, the seats can also be reclined up to 28º.
The all-new CX-5 is gifted with safety and driver-assist systems that will surely aid and delight the one who’s commanding the car. Aside from the G-Vectoring Control, which was introduced in the Mazda 3 and 6 Sedan, other set of features are present such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, i-STOP idling stop system, front and rear parking sensors with hind view camera, and adaptive LED headlamp – all of which are present at the range-topping 2.2L Sport SKYACTIV-D variant.
Speaking of variants, the all-new CX-5 is available in 3 trims, with 3 engine types and sizes for each option. The 2.2 4x4 Sport SKYACTIV-D variant runs on diesel and can churn out 175 hp and 420 Nm of torque; the larger 2.5 4x4 Sport is gasoline-fueled and has a maximum output of 190 hp and 251 Nm of torque; lastly, the 155-hp 2.0 4x2 Pro trim has a pulling power of 200 Nm.
The all-new Mazda CX-5 has a price tag of P2,200,000 for the 2.2 4x4 Sport SKYACTIV-D; 2.5 4x4 Sport can be bought for P1,850,000; while the 2.0 4x2 Pro is available for P1,550,000. If you opt for the Soul Red Crystal color option, you will just need to add P22,400. You can reserve for your unit here.