Mazda updates best-selling CX-5 27 | 07 | 2018

    MAZDA HAS UPDATED what is its best-selling car in the UK, the CX-5. In addition to a revised 2.2-litre diesel engine, the 2018 model now benefits from additional standard equipment. There’s also now automatic gearboxes on petrol engines, and all models have lower CO2 figures. (Related: Roadtest — Mazda CX-5 2.2 SkyActiv-D)

    Prices for the updated Mazda CX-5 kick off at £24,795 for the 163bhp 2.0-litre petrol model in SE-L Nav+ trim with a manual gearbox. (Related: Mazda lifts wraps from RF Sport Black)

    It’s important to stress this isn’t facelift: the updates are minor, especially considering the CX-5 in its current guise is only a year old. Indeed, the only cosmetic updates are new 19-inch alloys and an updated Soul Red metallic paint, now named Soul Red Crystal.

    Aimed at expanding the CX-5’s line-up and making it a more enticing proposition, the new, 10-model strong CX-5 line-up goes on sale at Scottish dealerships from August 31. (Related: Prices revealed for facelifted Mazda6)

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    All cars have been slightly rebadged. Why? Because the previous SE-L Nav and Sport Nav trims have been updated to become SE-L Nav+ and Sport Nav+. The rebadging also brings with it an updated level of standard safety and assistance equipment.

    All cars now com with with adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist. Buyers can also opt for a new safety pack, which includes a 360-degree top-down view camera and adaptive LED headlights on the Sport Nav+.

     The 163bhp 2.0-litre petrol, for the first time, can be mated to an automatic six-speed gearbox which sends power to the front wheels. It costs 1500 quid more than the standard six-speed manual.

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    The excellent 2.2-litre diesel is still offered in two states of tune, though the more powerful variant sees its output climb from 173bhp to 181bhp, plus an additional 25Nm of torque on tap too.

    Mazda has;t revealed revised performance figures, but it does claims a cut of 5g/km CO2 compared to the outgoing 173bhp engine. This is due to the introduction of Adblue and selective catalytic reduction.

    “The CX-5 showcases how Mazda can make an SUV that’s stylish, great to drive and capable of luring customers from premium badged rivals,” Jeremy Thomson, managing director of Mazda Motors UK, said.

    “The current car elevates exterior design, cabin quality and refinement to new levels of sophistication, whilst at the same time ensuring Mazda’s love of driving is even more apparent in the handling.”

    Related: Mazda2 Sport Black revealed

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    Jim McGill

     

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