Mazda Australia has announced upgrades for the 2019 CX-5 range with the big news being the availability of a turbocharged petrol engine, along with improved equipment levels across all variants.
The high-end GT and Akera models will be available with the SkyActiv-G 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine which produces 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque. It’s the same unit that’s currently found in the CX-9 and Mazda 6.
The existing naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre petrol engines, along with the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel are carried over, taking the number of CX-5 variants to 14.
G-Vectoring Plus (GVC Plus) has also been introduced, which uses the brakes to add direct yaw moment control for greater stability. The system applies light braking force to the outer wheels and assists the steering to return to the straight-ahead position when exiting a corner for more stable high-speed driving.
Engineers have also tinkered with the suspension set-up by recalibrating the front and rear dampers and stabilisers to improve the ride quality.
Mazda’s full suite of i-Activesense safety tech including autonomous emergency braking, radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam and a driver attention alert is now standard across the range.
All models add white LED license plate lighting while the Maxx Sport and Touring variants get refreshed wheels, with the 17-inch alloys changing from a dark silver to a grey metallic finish.
On the inside, the MZD Connect infotainment system now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
The HVAC controls have been relocated to a single climate control panel for a sharper look and the sides of rotary switches, such as the commander control, now feature a new textured surface for an improved tactile experience.
The range-topping Akera trim level has been revised and now includes Dark Russet Nappa leather trim, real wood dash and door inserts, front seat ventilation, heated steering wheel, a sleek frameless rear-view mirror and rear outer heated seats.
Akera models also get ambient LED lighting throughout the cabin, glove box and cargo area, including foot lamps and overhead lighting for front and rear seats. There are also unique 19-inch alloy wheels in a dark finish to round out the upgrades.
The updated Mazda CX-5 will be available from late November.
2019 Mazda CX-5 pricing (excludes on-road costs):
Maxx 2.0L petrol manual - $29,770 (+$1080)
Maxx 2.0L petrol - $31,770 (+$1080)
Maxx 2.5L AWD petrol - $34,770 (+$1080)
Maxx Sport 2.0L petrol - $34,870 (+$880)
Maxx Sport 2.5L AWD petrol - $37,870 (+880)
Maxx Sport 2.2L AWD diesel - $40,870 (+$880)
Touring 2.5L AWD petrol - $39,470 (+$880)
Touring 2.2L AWD diesel - $42,470 (+$880)
GT 2.5L AWD petrol - $44,470 (+$880)
GT 2.2L AWD diesel - $47,470 (+$880)
GT 2.5L AWD petrol turbo - $46,970 (new)
Akera 2.5L AWD petrol - $46,670 (+$480)
Akera 2.2L AWD diesel - $49,670 (+$480)
Akera 2.5L AWD petrol turbo - $49,170 (new)
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