Mazda’s All-New 2017 CX-5 Gets Overhauled Design And New Tech

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda revealed the all-new CX-5 SUV complete with an updated design and a selection of new technologies.

The most obvious differences between the new model and the outgoing one is the heavily updated exterior styling. Unsurprisingly, it takes much of its inspiration from the smaller CX-3 and larger CX-9 with Mazda saying that it wanted to create a vehicle that suited the phrase ‘refined toughness’.

As such, the front of the new CX-5’s body is now 10 mm wider than previously and helps to give the car an improved stance on the road. Additionally, the A-pillars have been pushed back by approximately 35 mm and a new grille has been adopted. Other key design updates include thinner headlights and taillights and an overall sportier appearance, aided particularly through the re-designed roofline and sharp C-pillars.

The interior of the new CX-5 has also been suitably refreshed and revised and incorporates a three-spoke steering wheel, push-button start and a 4.6-inch color display within the instrument cluster. There’s also a 7-inch display now resting on top of the dashboard, similar to most current Mercedes-Benz models. There’s also a 10-spoke Bose premium sound system and the Mazda Connect connectivity system which works in conjunction with smartphones.

While engines will differ between markets, Mazda says the new CX-5 will receive its clean, 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D diesel engine and the SkyActiv-G 2.0 and SkyActiv 2.5 direct-injection petrol engines. All of these engines can be mated to either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. As standard, they are front wheel drive but the brand’s all-wheel drive system is available.

Another highlight of the new model is that the strengthened chassis has resulted in a 15.5 per cent increase in torsional rigidity over the outgoing model. This is largely due to the increased use of ultra-high-tensile steel on the A-pillars and B-pillars. The improved aerodynamics of the new model also lower road noise by around 1.3 dB over rough surfaces.

On a technology and safety front, the 2017 CX-5 includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition which is able to read speed limit and other road signs and display them on the 4.6-inch display. What’s more, the new model includes a torque vectoring system where torque levels can be altered based on steering wheel inputs, aiming to both improve the ride and great handling abilities.

Pricing and availability details are expected to be released shortly.

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  • Kash

    i think you mean it takes after the CX-9, not CX-3.

    • TheHake

      I can’t agree more. It looks exactly like the CX-9, actually.

      • Kash

        And that’s not even a bad thing because it looks really good now. even with those tiny tail lights.

        • TheHake

          It does look really nice.

          • Kash

            now all it needs is a decent engine…

          • TheHake

            Whaaaat? The 175hp 2.2 Diesel is a great engine! Very frugal and plenty of power.

          • Kash

            we don’t get diesels in the states and won’t for a little while longer. Even then a diesel in this thing in America won’t make this the segment leader. a 200-250hp turbo i4 petrol will though.

          • TheHake

            You guys are missing out! The 175hp diesel has 420Nm and the motor can be chipped to 220hp/520Nm.

  • RDS Alphard

    That front end is … not my kind of taste

  • Honda NSX-R

    When I first saw it I thought it was photoshopped

  • 9car4

    Really not sure about the front! It looks small compared to the rest of the body and feels less ‘SUV’ than the current generation. Maybe it will grow on me.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    That front end is pretty awful.

  • Nordschleife

    Hate the rims, love the car. Very nice Mazda. Very nice.

    • devonair

      Woah. The overall styling held my attention, so I didn’t even notice the rims. Now that I’ve read your comment I can’t unsee them haha. I completely agree with you.

  • Maa_4861

    From the side, the front looks a little smaller than it has to be, but what a sexy face that is !!!

  • Craig

    Very nice looking! As most Mazda’s are.

  • Mokes Oz

    Bit disappointing. I was hoping they would make the side line the same as the small brother CX3. As I like the sportiness of that. But a bit small
    Nice update tho

  • Reagan1

    Not bad , but like the wheels of the present gen better. Also, Mazda, if you are listening, add friggin Auto Up/Down on all of the windows, especially if you are shooting for that “premium” fell as you stated.

  • nik

    The front end is terrible. For some reason the front reminds me of the Outlander GT even though it look nothing like it (makes sense, right?)

  • Althea Later

    Looks great… much better! I wonder if it gets a reclining rear seat. I see a power passenger seat! Hopefully new colors too.

  • Matthijs

    As a Mazda-fan i’m a bit disappointed. It doesn’t bring anything new to the Mazda-design. Looks a lot like the CX-5 and the CX-9 had a baby and forgot how great the CX-3 looks. Also could have looked a bit more dynamic like the Tuscon. Interior is a huge step up of course

  • TheHake

    This has always been a nice car.

  • Janar Siniväli

    Well it looks great.
    But the China-exclusive CX4 looks better.

  • klowik

    nice incremental update rather than total redesign.

  • ediotsavant

    Looks like a copy from a Chinese company.

  • ck

    that sunroof looks even smaller than the previous one. still no panoramic?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Mazda can do no wrong. Well done.

  • Mayoo

    Yet, still no Android Auto or Apple Car Play. Mazda is good by being the last to implement technology. I don’t see panoramic sunroof either.

    Sad because these are the car I enjoy the most driving. But I have to settle for living 5 years behind in features.

  • Dave Sturge

    A very nice evolution of the current design. Don’t mess too much with a good thing. The new front fascia looks great.

  • john1168

    Very nice! I like the interior a lot! I wonder if it will finally come with a locking center diff? I’m guessing no…

  • Dennis Scipio

    I looks alright, i guess it doesn’t look as revolutionary more evolutionary.

  • Leonard Schreiman
  • MarketAndChurch

    There’s something very cute about this CUV that reminds me of the first-gen BMW X3. Will probably look even better in white with slightly bigger rims, with the chrome strip around the windows blacked out.

  • BlackPegasus

    The interior layout looks stale and incomplete. They missed an opportunity to make it truly a premium offering.

  • alexxx

    mazdas are top…
    so sharp…

  • Mark S

    Well, well look who is all grown up. No more cute ute here. Very nice evolution of Kudo and it has some subtle individuality from the CX3 and CX9. The interior is also a huge step up. Very nice job Mazda this looks premium.

  • klowik

    they should black out the front air intake area around the bottom of the grille like the Merc GLE AMG and put a chrome strip across under the grille, that will be perfect!!

  • klowik

    if they mod the front grille similar to this, this will be great!! ( sorry for the quality..this is just an idea. )

  • smartalec

    What is with the tiny wheels on the show car?

  • John Marshall

    Actually really like that new paint and 4 of my last 5 vehicles have been black. Nice redesign. Didn’t go too overboard.