2019 Mazda CX-5 Debuts In Japan With CX-9’s 2.5T Engine, Exclusive Mode Special Edition

Mazda has made a series of revisions to the CX-5 for the 2019MY, which was just unveiled in its home market.

The most important concerns the introduction of a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four gasoline engine. Shared with the CX-9 and Mazda6, it produces 230 PS (227 hp / 169 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque.

Those who still prefer diesels should be glad to hear that the 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D unit is now available with a six-speed manual gearbox, too. This flavor of the SUV will launch in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations.

The updated Mazda CX-5 benefits from the addition of the G-Vectoring Control Plus. Compared to the outgoing version, the upgraded system can use the brakes to improve handling stability at high speeds and during emergency maneuvers, and comes standard on all trim levels of the car.

Also Read: Driven: 2018 Mazda6 Facelift With 2.5 Turbo Is A Working Man’s Luxury Sedan

Mazda’s 2019 CX-9 comes with new driving assistance features and technologies, such as the Nighttime Pedestrian Detection, which has been added to the Advanced Smart City Braking Support. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now part of the Mazda Connect car-connectivity system.

Visual updates include the addition of 17-inch aluminum wheels in a Gray Metallic finish, redesigned climate control panel, switches and dials, and fabric material on the A-pillar in vehicles with normal speakers.

Joining the 2019 CX-9 range in Japan is the Exclusive Mode, a limited edition with 19-inch aluminum wheels that have a Dark Gloss look. Inside, it has Nappa leather, woodgrain trim, 7-inch TFT display in the center of the instrument cluster, and white LEDs, among others.

Mazda is asking between 2,570,400 yen ($22,775/€19,780) and 3,882,600 yen ($34,401/€29,878) for the 2019 CX-9 in Japan, which will go on sale locally, alongside the Exclusive Mode, on November 22.

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  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Nice!

    Why Toyota and Subaru ditched their V6 and Turbo I4 motors for the RAV4 and Forester is just beyond me….

    • Grumpy

      Toyota probably did it to not cannibalize sales of the NX. As for the forester it made up a very small percentage of sales. The escape still offers a turbo 4.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Because the take rate was less than 5%. That applies to other smaller CUVs with a higher power engine offering.

      It isn’t worth their time. That’s why.

  • Marc Gruben

    Oh, man…. Love that dark brown interior. If I could get the 2.5T with the 6-speed manual, put a fork in me. I’m done.

  • Matthijs

    Mazda really knows how to design interiors! Pretty ‘premium’. Just the infotainment system is not up to date

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      Though I’m not fond of the tablet-like screen being surrounded in the center of the dash however. It kinda makes it look rather aftermarket.

      Regardless, I agree with your statement involving everything else about the interior however. Especially the exterior.

    • Brabusbus

      It seems you are also not up to date, the latest Mazda already has Apple Car Play.

      • Matthijs

        I mean by size, pixels etc. Also the 360 degrees and back camera are pretty bad

  • SteersUright

    No Mazda will ever interest me until they get proper high performance engine options. Sure they handle well, which I love. They have beautiful interiors and decent looking Italian-esque exteriors (terrible wheels aside) which almost makes me want to buy one immediately. Then I get in and not one of them can get out of its own way. Proper torque vectoring LSD and 300hp+, then call me.

    • Able

      Which competitor to the CX-5 offers 300hp+ and an LSD? Exactly. What a stupid comment.

    • Kevin Cagle

      Sounds like you want a RSQ3. Oh wait thats 3x the price. Reality achieved, but I don’t have your phone number.

      • Rot

        🤣🤣🤣

    • ksegg

      That’s not possible at a $30K price range dude.

    • Steven Sposato

      In reality, with the 2.5T, you shouldn’t have a problem putting a few performance mods on this to get it close to 300hp. The torque is already great. I don’t see why this is a big deal now when there is very few competitors that can match them now at this price point.

  • charlotteharry57

    Mazda has become THE thorn in my side lately as far as vehicles go. Here, in my part of the US (southeast), dealers are hard to find, stock at those dealers is pathetically thin and just try getting more than a grand or two off sticker. I’d recommended one to an acquaintance and have had nothing good to report after that. If Mazda wants to grow market share beyond that of a small, niche automaker, this is NOT the way to do it. Maybe they still really do need a suitor.

    • Kevin Cagle

      Atlanta is the cheapest Mazda location by geography. Go there.

  • Able

    No, they don’t. They get the diesel with the manual now – Europe has always had it.

    • Rot

      In diesel 175 cv perfect…

  • Rot

    Mazda manual = best thing in the universe…

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