By Barry Green
Just 13 months into its second generation, Mazda has upgraded its CX-5 mid-sized SUV by way of engine tweaks, equipment enhancements and a reduction in list pricing.
A 1kW boost to the 2.0-litre petrol engine (now 115kW/200Nm) and 1Nm more torque to the 2.5-litre petrol unit (now 140kW/252Nm) – along with cylinder deactivation technology, which drops four cylinders to two when not under load – has produced a 0.1 litre/100km fuel saving. ADR combined cycle fuel economy is now rated at 6.9 for the 2.0-litre and 7.4 for the 2.5.
Hardly earth shattering, you might think, but more significant are the price reductions – $400 off the volume-selling Maxx Sport and Touring variants and $800 off the higher-spec GT and Akera. That makes prices starting at $28,690 plus on-road costs.
In terms of equipment, the Touring also gets a windscreen-projected heads-up display while the Akera scores a surround view monitor.
So much for the dollars and sense, but on the road it’s the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine that is the big news. Revised variable geometry and better efficient combustion have boosted power/torque outputs by a substantial 11kW and 30Nm to 140kW/450Nm. Fuel consumption drops from 6.0 litres/100km to 5.7.
The diesel stood out in the launch drive over a 300km loop out of Canberra, showing up its petrol siblings with its improved driveability.
Hopefully, we will get to road test both revised diesel and petrol-engined CX-5s locally in the coming weeks and report back more in-depth.
As the old saying goes, watch this space.