After being officially showcased during the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this year, the new Mazda 2013 Mazda CX-5 has finally been unleashed for style and performance admirers. Designed with intriguing aesthetics, the new generation of the CX-5 continues the maker’s spree of infusing SkyActiv technology and reveals Mazda’s new ‘KODO’ design theme from the previous year’s Shinari concept. Truly eloquent, the compact SUV pays utmost detailing to the all-new Mazda petrol and diesel engines, classy chassis and manual and automatic transmissions.
What does it offer?
Based on the company’s distinctive ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ theme, the amazing looking Mazda CX-5 delivers precise response and high quality driving through the assimilation of advanced features. Developed around the efficient SkyActiv technology, the car touts to be the first of a new generation variant from Mazda to have evolved the company’s hallmark fun-to-drive character. Aimed at providing magnificence in performance with a long-term appeal, the vehicle not only creates a cockpit environment to communicate the driver’s intention to the car, but also ensures dynamic functionality through an incredible SkyActiv-G 2.0 petrol engine.
By taking advantage of the integrated engine, the CX-5 can seamlessly ensure the highest compression ratio of 14.0:1 and a 4-2-1 exhaust system to fend off knocking. The latter also proffers abundant torque from low engine speeds for enhanced acceleration to precisely complement the driver’s expectations. The Mazda CX-5 models foray with a choice of two new transmissions – the six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission and the six-speed SkyActiv-MT manual transmission with compact architecture and improved gear structure.
Featuring a form that conveys a strong sense of vitality and agility, the crossover SUV outweighs with the 2,700mm wheelbase which enables a comfortable cabin and streamlined styling and class-leading rear seat leg-room of 997mm. The unique car also claims to embed the world's first 40:20:40 split independent rear seats with a remote fold-down function. The tonneau cover, on the other hand, automatically lifts up and down as the rear lift-gate is opened and closed.
Besides its eye-catchy theme, the Mazda CX-5 comes equipped with an advanced human machine interface with intuitive operation and high connectivity. As far as the structure is concerned, the ingenious makers from Mazda closely observed the videos of cheetahs, the manner they use their body as a spring, their agile footwork and how they accelerate and change their direction within a second. Inspired by this bold outlining, the car emanates great energy and zoom on elevating the overall KODO design language. The car has been carved with the most essential elements and rightly justifies Mazda’s characteristics of vitality and agility.
Since the availability for the model is yet to be revealed, it may be a bit too early to comment on the vehicle’s loopholes, if any.
Having tweaked the model for more low-end power, the performance-driven vehicle extracts maximum power from its SkyActiv-G 2.0 liter direct injection four-cylinder I-4 engine that enables a to total output of 155 horsepower and a peak torque of 150lb-ft. To suit users’ diversified performance needs and expectations, the company has even announced the model’s upcoming availability with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission along with the automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. However, its higher fuel efficiency ensures further compensation at the same time. Also, uses may appreciate the machine’s 17-inch standard wheels, with 19-inch available, fog lights and adaptive xenon high intensity discharge headlights – believed to be uncommon for any small SUV.
The meter hood, towards the rider’s side, features a deep longitudinally stretched layout which helps the vehicle generate a sense of forward momentum and an efficient cockpit. Perking up the interior furthermore is the high quality, detailed meter design. To ensure users achieve the best user experience, Mazda has employed soft materials for its instrument panel and door trim that are most often touched. The horizontal design of the instrument panel, on the other hand, provides a solid feel and a sense of security to the passenger. The steering wheels and inner door handles have been graced through satin chrome finish which significantly improves the genuine, incredible feel of the interior.
The front view of CX-5 sports a new Mazda family face centered on a new ‘signature wing’ while the rear side portrays an interesting contrast of taut rear end and prominent rear fenders. Besides showcasing strength and depth through the outstanding exterior, the car puts forth toughness and grace that underline its athletic form. The side view, on the contrary, reveals prominent front fenders and sculptured body sides to provide a glimpse over powerful muscles.
Should I buy one?
Considering its several impressive facets including the potent SkyActiv technology, new designing theme and powerful engine performance, the new Mazda CX-5 looks highly promising for consumers who have been seeking a blend of high functionality and style. However, the model is anticipated to surpass and turn as a full replacement for the Japanese brand’s CX-7 SUV in Australia.
Price and availability
Mazda is yet to divulge details on the pricing and availability details of the new 2013 CX-5.