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Mazda up for the challenge with revised CX-5


MAZDA South Africa is a company that is reinventing itself. It aims to position itself as a challenger brand. What does that mean? Well, they want to challenge the likes of the Germans by offering a car which feels just as premium yet doesn’t wear a premium price tag. After sampling the all-new Mazda 2 it was clear to us that Mazda is on the right path. Now Mazda has introduced a revised version of its crossover vehicle, the CX-5. We have the details on what to expect.

There are many vehicles in the crossover segment and when you look at them on paper you’ll notice there are more similarities than there are differences. Mazda has gone to great lengths with the CX-5 to give customers an experience that trumps the rest. So what have they done?

The CX-5 was the first model to fully adopt Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology and the KODO-Soul of Motion design language, which has been enhanced with the facelift. While the exterior retains its distinctive SUV looks, the updates to the front grille and other design features refresh the model with the latest design expression of the Mazda brand.

Features unique to the KODO design include a front nose with presence, a forward-leaning stance, as well as the rearward placement of the A-pillars and compact cabin, realising an exterior design with a sharper sense of vitality and dynamism. SUV styling completely different from anything that came before has earned the CX-5 high acclaim. The front grille has been advanced to create a design that is bolder and tauter, while the eye-like design of the headlamps further heighten the car's look of vitality. The refreshed CX-5 also adopts a new 19-inch aluminium wheel design and newly developed body colours. Taking to new heights its presence and powerful looks as a crossover SUV, as well as its level of quality, the refreshed CX-5 realises a sophisticated exterior design, thereby conveying the evolution of the brand.

For the interior, particular effort went into improving the quality feel of the ornamentation and materials used, and also to improving the functionality and usability of the cockpit zone, based on Mazda's unique Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Enhancements to dynamic performance include updates to the front and rear seats and suspension system, as well as to sound insulation performance throughout the body. The result is greater ride comfort and cabin quietness that makes time spent in the vehicle more pleasant. Mazda's renowned AWD system is also updated and real-world fuel economy improved. The 2.5-litre engine has seen an improvement in its fuel economy as well.

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