Mazda has updated its popular CX-5 mid-size SUV for 2018, while also slashing prices across the range.
A core model for Mazda, the CX-5 soft-roader is currently the most popular SUV in the country, selling more than 24,000 over the last 12 months and 8329 units since the start of the year.
For 2018 the Japanese manufacturer has improved fuel-efficiency across the range, adding cylinder deactivation tech to the 140kW/252Nm 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine and improving power and torque for the 2.2-litre diesel.
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Five variants are available, starting with the entry-grade Maxx which retails for $28,690 when fitted with a 115kW/200Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox (the only manual in the range). Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and Akera grades are also offered, topping out with the 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, all-wheel-drive, six-speed automatic Akera diesel at $49,190.
In the base model Maxx, standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlamps, power mirrors, rear seats with a reclining function and 40/20/40 split, black cloth seat trim, seven-inch full colour touch-screen infotainment, six-speaker sound system, keyless push-button start, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, reverse camera, and smart city brake support forward and rear.
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Stepping up to the Maxx Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, a rear centre armrest with USB input and sat-nav.
Moving into the Touring grade, customers receive power mirrors, a heads-up driving display, synthetic suede and ‘Maztex’ synthetic leather upholstery, keyless entry, front parking sensors, and traffic sign recognition as standard.
GT models are fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive front lights, remote operated power tailgate, sunroof, two-position memory front seats (with six-way adjustment for the front passenger and 10-way adjustment for the driver), heated seats with real leather trim, and a 249-watt 10 speaker sound system with a subwoofer.
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The flagship Akera grade is updated for 2018 with a new-for-the-range 360-degree view parking monitor, along with other standard-fit radar adaptive cruise control with stop/go function, driver attention alert, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, and autonomous emergency braking.
- Maxx 2.0-litre petrol, six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive, $28,690
- Maxx 2.0-litre petrol, six-speed automatic, font-wheel-drive, $30,690
- Maxx 2.5-litre petrol, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $33,690
- Maxx Sport, 2.0-litre petrol, six-speed automatic, front-wheel-drive, $33,990
- Maxx Sport, 2.5-litre petrol, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $36,990
- Maxx Sport, 2.2-litre diesel, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $39,990
- Touring, 2.5-litre petrol, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $38,590
- Touring, 2.2-litre diesel, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $41,590
- GT, 2.5-litre petrol, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $43,590
- GT, 2.2-litre diesel, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $46,590
- Akera, 2.5-litre petrol, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $46,190
- Akera, 2.2-litre diesel, six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive, $49,190