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2021 Mazda CX-5 range launches with new GT SP variant

By Tom Fraser, 11 Feb 2021 Car News

Mazda CX-5 gains sporty GT SP variant

New GT SP variant highlights the lightly-updated 2021 Mazda CX-5 range

Mazda has introduced minor updates to its CX-5 mid-size SUV range for 2021, adding a sporty-looking GT SP variant and a new, bigger, infotainment screen to select variants.

The new Mazda CX-5 GT SP sits between the CX-5 GT and range-topping Akera, and joins the existing Mazda CX-9 and Mazda 6 models in the new SP portfolio. 

While SP variants have previously been offered with genuine performance enhancements – like the RX-7 SP and Mazda MX-5 SP – the new SP model grades (including CX-5 GT SP) are simply aesthetically sporty; with additions such as black 19-inch alloy wheels, black mirror caps and black ‘Maztex’/synthetic suede upholstery with contrast red stitching. 

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Mazda has priced the new CX-5 GT SP at $47,490 (before on-road costs) with the non-turbo petrol engine and $49,990 with the turbo petrol engine.

Prices have increased across the rest of the range by as much as $1050. 

Changes to the rest of the CX-5 range include a new larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen for GT, GT SP and Akera grades, while lower-grade Maxx, Maxx Sport and Touring variants make-do with the old 8.0-inch infotainment unit. All benefit from Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring. 

The entry-level Maxx now receives 17-inch alloy wheels instead of the bargain-basement steel rims.


A range of four-cylinder engines is on offer in the 2021 Mazda CX-5 range, beginning with the Maxx and Maxx Sport’s 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine with 115kW/200Nm outputs, powering the front wheels only.

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The Maxx comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-speed automatic transmission is available for an additional $2000. All powertrains in other variants including the Maxx Sport come with auto as standard.

Maxx and Maxx Sport buyers can upgrade to all-wheel drive, which also brings a larger 140kW/252Nm 2.5-litre engine that's standard on Touring, GT, GT SP and Akera model grades.  

A 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel engine can be added to the Maxx Sport, Touring, GT and Akera. 

The GT, GT SP and Akera variants are also available with the punchy 170kW/420Nm 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which like the diesel only comes with all-wheel-drive.

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Range-wide safety inclusions comprise autonomous emergency braking with nighttime pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and a driver attention alert system.

These items help the 2021 CX-5 continue with its five-star ANCAP safety rating

In terms of safety add-ons, the Maxx Sport and higher specs score front fog lights; the Touring and above come with a head-up display and front parking sensors; and the Akera is equipped with a 360-degree camera and adaptive LED headlights.

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Premium metallic paints can be selected for $495. 

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 range is available for purchase now.

2021 Mazda CX-5 Australian pricing


List price

Maxx Petrol Manual FWD


Maxx Petrol Auto FWD


Maxx Petrol Auto AWD


Maxx Sport Petrol Auto FWD


Maxx Sport Petrol Auto AWD


Maxx Sport Diesel Auto AWD


Touring Petrol Auto AWD


Touring Diesel Auto AWD


GT Petrol Auto AWD


GT Petrol Turbo Auto AWD


GT Diesel Auto AWD


GT SP Petrol Auto AWD


GT SP Petrol Turbo Auto AWD


Akera Petrol Auto AWD


Akera Petrol Turbo Auto AWD


Akera Diesel Auto AWD


All prices listed in this story exclude on-road costs.