Turbo Boost for Mazda CX-5

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Mazda’s top-selling medium SUV, the CX-5, has come in for a performance boost with the addition of the company’s acclaimed SKYACTIV-G 2.5T turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine to the line-up.

The turbo becomes the fourth engine option for the CX-5, sitting alongside SKYACTIV-G 2.0L and 2.5L petrol and SKYACTIV-D 2.2L diesel engines, to broaden the list of available variants to 14.

Packing 170kW of power and 420Nm of torque and running on 91 RON ULP, the 2.5T boasts one of the highest compression ratios of any four-cylinder turbocharged engine, at 10.5:1, achieved through a series of innovative SKYACTIV technologies.

In addition, Mazda has added a suite of technology, suspension, safety, equipment and premium trim upgrades to the range.

Prime amongst the upgrades is G-Vectoring Plus (GVC Plus), an evolution in SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS that enhances vehicle stability through using the brakes to add direct yaw moment control for a more assured ride.

Measures have been taken to improve the performance of front and rear dampers and stabilisers, directed at enhancing ease of control during low g-force manoeuvres and stability during high g-force manoeuvres.

Mazda CX-5 interior

New safety deployment includes Smart Brake Support (SBS), Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane-keep Assist System (LAS).

Styling and comfort have also been updated. More elegantly appointed inside, the range-topping Akera has been thoroughly revised, adding sumptuous Dark Russet Nappa leather trim, genuine wood dash and door inserts, front seat ventilation function, heated steering wheel, a frameless rear-view mirror and rear outer heated seats. New across the range is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

With the addition of more advanced technology and equipment, Mazda CX-5 remains a value-packed and affordable SUV, with the price tag only marginally increased on the previous model, Mazda Australia Managing Director Vinesh Bhindi said.

“The top-selling Maxx Sport and GT grades get around $2000 worth of extra value, but only add $880 to the Manufacturer’s List Price,” he said.

Manufacturer’s List Prices (exclude on-road costs) range from $29,770 for the Maxx 2.0L petrol front-wheel-drive with six-speed manual transmission to $49,170 for the Akera 2.5 petrol turbo all-wheel-drive with six-speed auto transmission.

Mazda CX-5 rear