Available from late November, the CX-5 GT and Akera variants will be available with Mazda’s SkyActiv-G 2.5T engine, which debuted in the CX-9 and is also fitted to the existing Mazda6.
It offers 170kW and 420Nm using 91RON fuel, bringing a healthy dose of additional grunt to the CX-5, which until now was available with either a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine (140kW/252Nm), a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel (140kW/450Nm), or a 2.0-litre atmo petrol (115kW/200Nm).
Mazda expects the 2.5 turbo will make up 12 percent of CX-5 sales in its first year, in line with the 2.2-litre diesel. The naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre is predicted to remain the heavy-lifter in terms of sales with a 48 percent share expected, while the 2.0-litre atmo petrol (115kW/200Nm) available in the Maxx is slated to make up 28 percent of sales.
The powerful turbo engine has claimed fuel economy of 8.2L/100km in CX-5, making it the thirstiest in the range, compared to 7.4L/100km for the atmo 2.5 and 5.7L/100km for the diesel. Though the extra shove means GT and Akera models with the turbo engine will accelerate to 100km/h from rest in 7.7 seconds, more than a second quicker than diesel variants (8.8 seconds).
In addition to bringing the more powerful engine to the CX-5 line-up, Mazda Australia has also introduced G-Vectoring Plus. GVC Plus is an evolution of Mazda’s G-Vectoring system, which reduces driver fatigue and improves corner turn-in, while the new system can brake outside wheels on corner exit in order to provide better stability and “help restore the vehicle to straight line running”.
Mazda’s full safety suite has been fitted across the range as standard, which includes smart brake support, active cruise control, driver attention alert, high beam control, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
Flagship Akera variants have received a working-over inside the cabin, with Nappa leather trim for the seats, genuine timber dash and door inserts, front seat ventilation function, heated steering wheel, a frameless rear-view mirror and rear outer heated seats.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now fitted as standard to the CX-5 range, while Maxx and Touring grades are treated to restyled 17-inch alloy wheels.
The most recent round of upgrades is the second for the CX-5 in 2018, following engine and equipment updates in April.
“The addition of the celebrated 2.5T engine not only gives breadth of choice to the much-loved Mazda CX-5 line-up, but it further extends the appeal and diversity of our SUV offering in Australia,” says Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi.
There are now 14 CX-5 variants to choose from considering all four engines, front- and all-wheel-drive options and transmission selection. A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard everywhere except the 2.0-litre CX-5 Maxx, which has the option of a 6-speed manual.
Mazda Australia has revealed official pricing for the updated CX-5 range, with the 2.5-litre turbo $500 cheaper than the 2.2-litre diesel, and $2500 more expensive than the 2.5-litre atmo engine.
See below for pricing for the full range
- Maxx 2.0-litre FWD manual: $29,770
- Maxx 2.0-litre FWD automatic: $31,770
- Maxx 2.5-litre AWD automatic: $34,770
- Maxx Sport 2.0-litre FWD automatic: $34,870
- Maxx Sport 2.5-litre AWD automatic: $37,870
- Maxx Sport 2.2-litre AWD automatic: $40,870
- Touring 2.5-litre AWD automatic: $39,470
- Touring 2.2-litre AWD automatic: $42,470
- GT 2.5-litre AWD automatic: $44,470
- GT 2.2-litre AWD automatic: $47,470
- GT 2.5-litre turbo AWD automatic: $46,970
- Akera 2.5-litre AWD automatic: $46,670
- Akera 2.2-litre AWD automatic: $49,670
- Akera 2.5-litre turbo AWD automatic: $49,170