2018 Mazda CX5 To make debut at LA Motor Show


UPDATE: 2018 Mazda CX5 has been the theme of many automotive talks and it’s going to continue to be because Mazda has announced its official presentation at Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mazda decided that only one photo will be enough to satisfy us but they only managed to tease us some more. For months we have been waiting to see just what is hiding under the camouflage of Mazdas prototype that was spied on more than one occasion during previous few months.

What we managed to conjure up from this unrevealing photo is that the new CX-5 is pulling design cues from his older sibling the CX-9.

Soure: autocar.co.uk

Soure: autocar.co.uk

Engine wise, like we assumed CX-5 is going to stay loyal to 2.0-liter petrol and 2.2-liter diesel with improvements made on gas emissions. The price should also remain the same as on the outgoing model and that is in excess $28,000.

Sales of 2018 Mazda CX-5 is expected to start in 2017 with Nissan Qashqai and Honda CR-V being its main rivals.

This is all for now, more info will be made available after LA Motor Show which starts on November 16.

Review

After the astounding success of the entire Mazda gamut, its Kodo and Skyactiv technology, everyone is impatiently expecting the new 2018 Mazda CX5 to arrive. Everything about it will feature a change to some degree. We should expect improvements in terms of design, upgrade on the interior, as well as revised powertrain capabilities and improved fuel economy. If everything goes according to plan, we should expect the new 2018 Mazda CX5 on the streets as soon as by the end of 2017. Things doesn’t often turn out as we like, so the beginning of 2018 would be a more accurate estimation. Given the success of the previous model, the new model will have a difficult task keeping up the pace, as the competition never sleeps. We can’t wait to see how well will it perform.

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On the Road

Exterior and Design of 2018 Mazda CX5

The current Mazda CX5 is as attractive on the outside as it gets, so there is very little room for additional tweaking. We expect only a touch of enhancements mostly on the front bumper. The new CX5 will probably have slightly sharper headlights, but should inherit the same front grille. Both head and rear lights will feature modern LED technology. We shouldn’t expect any changes in the dimensions over the current model. In accordance with this the new CX5 will be 178.7 inches long, 72.4 inches wide, 65.7 inches high, with a wheelbase width of 106.7 inches. The standard equipment will include 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a compact spare wheel as well. After the test mule was spotted some of these predictions seem true enough, but as you can see not much can be recognized because of the heavy camouflage.

Engine and Performance

The 2018 Mazda CX5 won’t come with any engine modifications, revisions or upgrades. The engine options will be carried over to the new generation. Starting from the basic engine, it will be a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine, capable of delivering 155 horsepower, at 6000 rpm, with a max torque output of around 150 pounds-feet, at 4000 rpm. The transmission that goes with this engine is a 6-speed manual, with a front wheel drive configuration. The estimated fuel economy of this setup is 26 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined. This is a pretty impressive result, considering the class of the car. Cruising range on the highway is rated at 518 miles, while in the city is 385 miles.

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The second, more powerful variant will include a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection, capable of outputting 184 horsepower, at 5700 rpm and a peak torque output of 185 pounds-feet, at 3250 rpm. The transmission paired to this unit is a 6-speed automatic transmission system. EPA estimated fuel economy is slightly worse, compared to the weaker engine, but not by much. Ratings are as follow: 32 mpg on the highway, 25 mpg in the city and 27 mpg combined. Again, impressive results. Two diesel variants of the same engine will be offered as well. It is the 2.2-liter diesel engine, that is able to produce 148 horsepower, coupled with either manual or automatic 6-speed gearbox.

2016 Mazda CX5 Engine

2016 Mazda CX5 Engine

Performance

The engine is able to accelerate the car from 0 to 60 in 9.2 seconds. The second, more powerful diesel is the same 2.2-liter unit, this time producing 173 horsepower, capable of topping 60 mph in 8.8 seconds (9.4 seconds with the automatic transmission). For the sake of comparison, to reach 60, nine seconds take the 2.0-liter unit, while the 2.5-liter petrol unit gets there in 8 seconds.

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Interior and Safety Features

The look on the inside, again, won’t feature a major overhaul. List of standard safety equipment includes ESC, ABS, side impact beams, low tire pressure warning, airbags for driver and passengers, safety locks, etc. Entertainment features will include AM/FM radio, 4-speaker sound system, roof antenna, Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 capability, USB audio input, LCD touchscreen with infotainment features and much more.

Source: netcarshow.com

Source: netcarshow.com

Pricing

The starting price for the base model will be around $23,000. With the competition such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Chevy Equinox, the new CX5 will need to step up with this model.

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