All the eyes are set for the upcoming Mazda CX-5 model. After the overwhelming response of previous Mazda models, this latest model is expected to be powered with numerous cutting edge features. The makers have tried to alter and upgrade the both the interior and exterior of this upcoming mid-sized SUV. A smarter and active engine is what the customers are looking forward into the 2018 Mazda CX-5. In short, the enthusiasts are going to get something extraordinary this time with fuel efficient features.
Being reversed for the current model year, the new Mazda CX-5 isn’t expected to bring new innovations. The recent refresh has brought slightly revised styling, new interior materials and enhanced sound insulation, upgraded infotainment features and new safety options. The upcoming model might add more standard features and some powertrain tweaks.
2018 Mazda CX-5: Styling
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 will stand out from crowd of other crossover SUVs in many aspects but one that can immediately be noticed is its attractive exterior design. This model was actually the first in brand’s lineup that implemented the KODO design advantages and with recent refreshed features it will stay one of the most attractive models in class.
Its sporty and handsome styling is the fusion of dynamic shapes and lines and with well-proportioned body it looks great. Gapping grille refreshed together with slim headlights for the current version defines its front end styling but sculpted hood also adds to its look.
Dynamically shaped front fenders complemented with incision in door panels and elegant roof line makes it attractive from the profile side as well. The same is with tailgate area which is also rich with shapes and attractive elements.
Functional, well-equipped interior:
Interior is modern and functional. High quality materials and soft-touch surfaces are spread around the cabin and accentuated with metallic and piano black trim inserts. A 7-inch infotainment screen is the center point in the simple but attractive dash. Controls and gauges are clear and front seats are excellent. The rear seats also offer great comfort and very functional folding mechanism. Luggage space is 34.1 cu ft with all seats up and 64.8 cu ft with the rear chairs folded.
The model will be well-equipped including the base versions and it will also offer array of advanced safety systems. There will be rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, smart brake support, automatic high beam, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, etc.
2018 Mazda CX-5: Engine Options
With SkyActive technologies in every powertrain components, responsive steering and capable suspension system, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 will provide both sports and comfortable ride.
The power will come from two four cylinder engines. A 2.0 liter inline four engine features the highest combustion ratio among the petrol engines in the US market and it can produce 155 hp and 150 pound-feet of torque. It is bolted to six-speed manual transmission.
Alternative is a 2.5 liter four-barrel engine which can produce 185 hp and matching torque. It comes accompanied with six-speed automatic shifter.
The front-wheel drive is available with both engines while all-wheel drive comes with a 2.5 liter mill. As for the fuel economy, the models with front-wheel drive for both engine options will return 29 mpg combined while AWD versions will earn 26 mpg combined.
Expect to see the new 2018 Mazda CX-5 in early months next year with the base price form around $22, 000.