The 2017 Manda CX-5 has officially been launched in Australia.
The new generation of the Mazda CX-5 represents a design evolution that brings welcomed improvements to the interior and exterior styling along with enhanced equipment levels.
The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is available in 12 different variants across five model designations, including a new Touring version that fills a gap in the range between the Maxx Sport and GT models.
Mazda has carried over the existing drivetrains for the 2017 CX-5. There is still a choice of three engines including a 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol and a 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D diesel, mated to either a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission, and in all-wheel and front-wheel drive.
The base 2.0-litre petrol engine will only be available in a front-wheel drive Maxx and Maxx Sport variants while the larger 2.5-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines will power the all-wheel drive models.
The new model retains similar proportions to the outgoing CX-5 with only minor alterations in exterior measurements, importantly the wheelbase remains at 2700mm.
Mazda will offer the new  CX-5 with a revised colour palette including the new Soul Crystal Red, an update of the Soul Red, as well as Eternal Blue, Machine Grey, Sonic Silver, Snowflake White Pearl, Titanium Flash, Deep Crystal Blue and Jet Black.
In a great move, the Touring model will feature an artificial leather and suede combination for the seat trim – a great alternative to leather. It is disappointing this material combination can't be optioned on other models in the range.
Pleasingly, rear passengers will enjoy improved comfort, the 2017 CX-5 will have proper rear air vents in all models from the Maxx Sport up.
A major oversight is the absence of smartphone mirroring technology, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Car Conversation is of the opinion this technology is not just a convenience feature but one that improves safety.
Mazda has done well to keep the pricing stable. There are some very minor increases across the range that is easily offset by the addition standard equipment. The entry model FWD CX-5 Maxx with a six-speed manual will be priced from $28,690, with the range topping out at $49,990 for the fully-loaded CX-5 Akera diesel AWD.
2017 Mazda CX-5 Specifications
2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx
17-inch steel wheels with 225/65 tyres
Headlamps (LED)
Power mirrors (body-coloured with electric folding)
Front seats with height adjustment and seat back pockets
Rear seats with reclining function and 40/20/40 split fold backrest
Seat trim: Black cloth
7-inch full-colour touch screen display (MZD Connect)
Audio system with AM/FM tuner, Digital radio (DAB+) and six speakers
Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability
Internet radio integration (Pandora, Stitcher  and Aha)
Multi-function commander control
Advanced keyless push button engine start
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
Parking sensors (rear)
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Reverse camera
Smart City Brake Support [Forward/Reverse] (SCBS F/R)
2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport (in addition to Maxx)
17-inch alloy wheels
Front fog-lamps (LED)
Headlamps auto on/off
Wipers (front) 2-speed with rain-sensing function
Rear-view mirror with auto dimming function
Air-conditioning (dual-zone climate control)
Rear seats with: centre armrest storage and USB input
Satellite navigation
Rear air vents
2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring (in addition to Maxx Sport)
Power mirrors (body-coloured with heating and auto folding)
Active Driving Display (flip-up)
Seat trim: Black Maztex / Black suede
Advanced keyless entry
Parking sensors (front)
Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
2017 Mazda CX-5 GT (in addition to Touring)
19-inch alloy wheels with 225/55 tyres
Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
Remote operated power tailgate (open/close)
Power sliding and tilt glass sunroof
Front seats with two-position memory function (driver), six-way power adjustment (passenger), 10-way power adjustment (driver) and heating function
Active Driving Display (windscreen)
Seat trim: Black leather or Pure white leather
Premium Bose 249 watt amplifier and 10 speakers (including subwoofer)
2017 Mazda CX-5 Akera (in addition to GT)
Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop/Go function
Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH)
Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane-keep Assist System (LAS)
Side camera
Smart Brake Support (SBS)
2017 Mazda CX-5 Pricing (excluding on-road costs)
2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx
2.0L Petrol 6MT FWD $28,690
2.0L Petrol 6AT FWD $30,690
2.5L Petrol 6AT AWD $33,690
2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport
2.0L Petrol 6AT FWD $34,390
2.5L Petrol 6AT AWD $37,390
2.2L Diesel 6AT AWD $40,390
2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring
2.5L Petrol 6AT AWD $38,990
2.2L Diesel 6AT AWD $41,990
2017 Mazda CX-5 GT
2.5L Petrol 6AT AWD $44,390
2.2L Diesel 6AT AWD $47,390
2017 Mazda CX-5 Akera
2.5L Petrol 6AT AWD $46,990
2.2L Diesel 6AT AWD $49,990