Mazda introduced the redesigned CX-5 at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and it now appears the 2019 model is going to receive some pretty significant updates.
In a Reddit post noticed by Autoblog, a member of the site said they went to a dealership to purchase a Mazda6 and their salesperson ended up showing them a print out of the company’s 2019 model year updates. Assuming the document is legitimate, it indicates some important changes are coming soon – to Canada at least.
Starting under the hood, the CX-5 GT will reportedly be offered with the turbocharged 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine that is available in the Mazda6 and CX-9. The document doesn’t mention performance specifications, but the engine develops up to 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque when running on 93 octane fuel. This would be a significant improvement over the current naturally-aspirated engine which is rated at 187 hp (139 kW / 189 PS) and 186 lb-ft (251 Nm) of torque.
Besides the newly optional turbocharged engine, the 2019 CX-5 is slated to receive G-Vectoring Control Plus. G-Vectoring Control has been around for awhile, so it’s possible that G-Vectoring Control Plus is simply an improved version of the technology.
Besides the performance changes, the document hints at “substantial visual changes to the interior.” That’s pretty vague, but the CX-5 GT will have a redesigned instrument cluster with a seven-inch color display. The range-topping model also features more comfortable rear seats with a new backrest angle and better cushioning.
Additional changes are minor, but include the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as updated wheels and new standard equipment.
There’s no word on whether or not these changes will carry over to the US-spec model, but we’ll likely find out soon enough.