- By Anthony Blascara
- Published 12/29/2011
Mazda celebrated the world premiere of the all-new Mazda CX-5 SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September, and ever since then the new compact crossover has caused a bit of a stir.
The Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in the UK next year, featuring all-new gasoline and diesel engines, all-new manual and automatic transmissions, plus an all-new bodyshell, new suspension and a choice of two- or four-wheel drive – evolving Mazda’s hallmark fun-to-drive attributes to a new and higher level.
The 4.5-metre long CX-5’s exterior design features bold styling – inspired by the rapid acceleration and turning achieved by animals like the cheetah – that simultaneously expresses SUV-like solidity and functionality with Mazda’s characteristic sense of vitality and agility.
Mazda CX-5 will be one of the lightest and most aerodynamic vehicles in its class (Cd 0.33), which contributes to its outstanding fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. Mazda’s engineers have focused on achieving exceptional environmental performance for a compact SUV. Each engine has a record-breaking compression ratio of 14:1 for ideal efficiency and each will feature Mazda’s fuel saving ‘i-stop’ system, now with a faster reacting control system.
The engine line-up for CX-5 will include Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.0 direct-injection petrol engine (165ps/210Nm) and its SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine with a two-stage turbocharger available with two outputs 150ps/380Nm and 175ps/420Nm.
Targeted fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the CX-5 models with front-wheel drive and manual transmission are 47.1mpg / 139g/km (petrol) and 62.8mpg / 119g/km for the 150ps diesel. The diesel engines meet Euro 6 emissions standards without the need for an expensive NOx after-treatment system.
Measuring 4,540mm long, 1,840mm wide and 1,670mm high with a 2,700mm wheelbase, CX-5 will have generous front legroom, class-leading 997mm rear legroom and a cavernous boot (500 litres with the rear seats upright).
Easy-to-use Karakuri functionality features the world’s first 40/20/40 split independent rear seats. The spacious driver-oriented cabin, together with higher quality trim, improved ergonomics, enhanced equipment and lower noise levels, ensures an enjoyable and rewarding driving experience.
About the Author: Anthony Blascara is a writer and fan of the Mazda CX-5