Mazda CX-5 updated with 2.5L Turbo and enhanced dynamics

The segment-leading Mazda CX-5 crossover has received a new powertrain and tweaked dynamics for even sharper handling.

Launched in Japan today with global roll out to follow from early 2019, Mazda’s best-selling model is now available with the 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine found in the larger CX-9. The Japan-spec CX-5 2.5T produces 169kW and 420Nm, which is expected to mirrored in overseas models. The most powerful engine in the range is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and offered in front- or all-wheel drive layouts.

Models powered by the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine are now available for the first time with a six-speed manual transmission. The updated CX-5 diesel becomes the only model in its class to offer a manual option. Whether the self-shifting model becomes available in other markets remained to be seen.

The 2019 update also introduces Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) stability management system to the CX-5 range. This updated version of G-Vectoring Control now regulates vehicle motion when returning the steering wheel to center as well as when beginning a steering action. It’s claimed to enhance handling stability on slippery road surfaces and when changing lanes on the highway.

In Japan, the refreshed CX-5 range extends to the Exclusive Mode special edition model. The new range-topper brings high-quality materials such as Nappa leather and real woodgrain decorative panels to lift cabin premium ambiance. It’s not known if this model will be introduced in other markets.

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Updates to the Mazda CX-5 at a glance

Powertrain, handling stability and ride comfort

  • CX-5 available with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, a 2.5-liter inline-four direct-injection gasoline turbo engine. Burning regular unleaded gasoline, it outputs up to 169 kW (230PS) at 4,250 rpms and produces up to 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.
  • GVC Plus, a new technology that improves handling stability at high speeds and during emergency maneuvers while suppressing sudden, unintended movements. It comes as standard equipment on all model grades.
  • The SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission is now available with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine in both FWD and AWD configurations.

Advances in safety and convenience

  • Nighttime pedestrian detection is added to Advanced Smart City Braking Support (Advanced SCBS).
  • A 360° View Monitor is standard equipment on the Exclusive Mode special edition and is available as a factory-installed option for all model grades.
  • Mazda Connect car-connectivity system now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Improvements in design and quality

  • The 17-inch aluminum wheels are painted Gray Metallic instead of Dark Silver. (The design is unchanged.)
  • The climate control panel, switches and dials are redesigned for better feel and operability.

Exclusive Mode special edition (with SKYACTIV-G 2.5T or SKYACTIV-D 2.2)

The Exclusive Mode special edition offers Mazda’s highest-grade interior, using specially selected materials such as Nappa leather upholstery and real woodgrain trim to create a premium cabin space.

  • Seats are upholstered in soft, smooth Nappa leather and the exclusive interior color coordination uses black on the pillars and ceiling and Deep Red in the lower areas.
  • Real woodgrain is used in decorative trim panels for a look of refinement and warmth.
  • The frameless rear-view mirror provides a wider field of vision and a cleaner look.
  • 19-inch aluminum wheels with exclusive dark gloss paint.
  • Both front seats feature ventilation.

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