For several hundred people gathered at the Hollywood Center Studios, there was only one car. Exhibition. And on the evening of November 16 (Moscow time), she needed to go safely on the catwalk of the Los Angeles auto show. That's why I was dragged out of the car by force - to be preserved in a virgin state. After that, people who were attached to the car with special zeal made sure that as quick as me, they would not climb into the white seats.
Mazda CX-5 2017Externally, the new CX-5 echoes the older brother of the CX-9, which is already sold in America. Externally, the new CX-5 echoes the older brother of the CX-9, which is already sold in America.
In the few seconds that I spent in the car, it is difficult to understand anything, but a chair with a lot of electric adjustments seemed convenient, as well as the relative position of the steering wheel, seat and pedals. Instruments are still three large dials, recessed into rather deep wells. The central 7-inch display now rises above the front panel: the decision is controversial, but it allowed designers to implement a new move - visually combine the ventilation ducts. Gracefully! The rest - without surprises, including the organization of the space of the central tunnel with a switch button for driving modes and a washer to control the multimedia system.
Mazda CX-5 2017The central tunnel has become a little higher, and, accordingly, the gear lever is located much higher - 40 mm near the manual gearbox and 60 mm automatic gear selector. The central tunnel has become a little higher, and, accordingly, the gear lever is located much higher - 40 mm near the manual gearbox and 60 mm automatic gear selector.
CX-5 has clearly become more expensive. I'm not talking about prices, although they will probably jump. I'm talking about performance. By the way large and small interior details are adjusted, by the quality of materials (extremely hard plastic is not enough), by the catchy design and level of equipment, it becomes clear that Mazda is stubbornly reaching for the coveted premium.
In appearance, the new CX-5 echoes the older brother of the new generation CX-9, which is unknown to us, but already sold in America. The sharp beak of the hood seems to soar in the air, leaning on flashy LED headlights. The transverse connector, which separates the hood from the “beak” itself, is a bit confusing, but this is a forced decision - it’s cheaper to manufacture and less cost in case of light accidents at traffic speeds (only the “face” changes, the hood remains intact).
Mazda CX-5 2017Among practical solutions are plastic door aprons that go deep below the thresholds: trousers will always be clean. Among practical solutions are plastic door aprons that go deep below the thresholds: trousers will always be clean.
Under the plastic cover of the huge emblem is an active cruise control radar. Visually, the car was slightly extended, although the dimensions remained unchanged: length - 4550 mm, wheelbase - 2700 mm. The glass of the tailgate is tilted slightly stronger, and the trunk itself, as it seemed to me, has become more capacious (under the floor there was only a place for a dokatka instead of a full wheel, but this car is designed for the American market). The fifth door got an electric drive, but no matter how much I waved my foot under the bumper, it itself did not open. So, another algorithm, which remains to be understood.
In the second row, as it seemed to me, it became a little more spacious, but I won’t say: for this you need to live in a car, sit, and not just walk around in circles. It will become easier for passengers to communicate with each other, since insulation is improved: the noise level when driving on rough asphalt is reduced by 1.3 dB.
Among the interesting equipment is the G-Vectoring Control system, which is already familiar to us from other Mazdas: it imperceptibly for the driver adjusts the engine thrust to a small extent depending on the speed, steering angle and accelerations acting on the car, allowing optimal loading of the front wheels.
Mazda CX-5 2017A projection display has appeared that displays on the windshield the most important information for the driver, including the tips of the navigation system. A projection display has appeared that displays on the windshield the most important information for the driver, including the tips of the navigation system.
The engine range consists of SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline engines, as well as a SKYACTIV-D 2.2 turbodiesel. Each of them can be paired with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The body stiffness increased by 15.5%, which ceteris paribus promises an improvement in handling, although the previous CX-5 was one of the best in class in this indicator. Steering - with electric power. The suspension has not fundamentally changed: McPherson struts in the front and a multi-link in the rear.
In Japan, the new CX-5 will begin selling in February. Later it will appear in all major markets, including Russia. For the Russian representative office of Mazda, this is a key model, which accounts for over 70% of all sales: since 2012, when the CX-5 was released, almost 90 thousand cars have been sold.
The assembly will be established in Vladivostok. It remains to wait for the Russian trim levels and prices. If the Moscow representative office of Mazda can offer an adequate price list, the CX-5 will still be among the leaders in its segment.