Available in two trim levels; SE-L Nav and Sport Nav, the UK-spec CX-5 offers a choice of a 2.0-litre SKYACTV-G petrol engine and a 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D in two states of tune, with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic 'box offered on front-wheel drive models and only the latter on versions with all-wheel drive.
Limited to front-wheel drive only but in both trim levels, 2.0-litre four-pot delivers 121 kW and 210 Nm of torque, with only the manual gearbox being made available.
Standard items include daytime running LEDs, seven-inch MZD Connect touchscreen system with satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster display, 10-speaker Bose Premium sound system and 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Sport adds bigger 19-inch alloys, keyless entry, heated front seats, electric tailgate and a new Heads-Up Display.
New options consist of Mazda's Radar Guided Cruise Control system and Safety Pack made up of Adaptive LED headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Smart City Autonomous Braking.
On the diesel side, the base 2.2 150 PS churns out 110 kW and 380 Nm of torque, with all-wheel drive and the auto 'box available on the SE-L, while the Sport is restricted to two-wheel drive only with the option of the manual or automatic. Sitting at the top of the range, the flagship 2.2 175 PS Sport produces 129 kW and 420 Nm of torque, with drive going to all four wheels via the manual or automatic 'box.
Prices start at £23 695 (R394 889) for the 2.0 SE-L Nav and top out at £33 195 (R553 211) for the 2.2 175 PS Sport Nav AWD Auto.
Down under, the CX-5 retains the same level of tech as the UK model, but spread across five trim levels; Maxx, Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and Akera with a more powerful 140 kW / 251 Nm 2.5-litre petrol engine and only the higher output diesel offered.
Unlike in the UK though, the 2.0-litre mill now makes 114 kW and 200 Nm, offered in both Maxx and Maxx Sport trims and only the former offering the choice of manual or automatic gearbox. The all-wheel drive 2.5 meanwhile can be specified in all five trims, while the 2.2 can be had from Maxx Sport guise up to Akera. Like its petrol sibling, the diesel comes as standard with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Prices start at $28 690 (R292 725) for the 2.0 Maxx and ends at $49 990 (R510 049) for the 2.2 Akera AWD AT.
Final pricing and spec details of the South African spec CX-5 is yet to be announced.