A preview from China has been leaked online.
The Mazda CX-5 is a no-nonsense crossover that blends impeccable driving manners with practicality and style, and it's due for an update. We know that the next-generation model is set to ride on a new platform and be powered by straight-six engines. We're expecting an electric version at some point too, although this has not yet been expressly confirmed. According to a recent report, however, we do know that the crossover will be refreshed later this year. Thanks to leaked images coming out of China, we no longer have to guess how the car's styling will be upgraded, as the below spy shots show the refreshed model in all its practical glory.
The changes are mostly applied to the front of the vehicle, where we can see narrower LED headlights with a distinctive running light accent. These sit either side of a revised grille that is similar in shape to that of the latest CX-30. This gets thicker chrome surrounds, while the lower intake has been reshaped too. At the back, the taillights have also been massaged, while one of the pictured models shows a new wheel design. Of course, China often gets its own models that are unique to what the rest of the world is offered, but with Mazda, new vehicles are often very similar between China and Australia. We find it unlikely that this particular vehicle would look much different in the rest of the world.
According to recent reports from Japan, that country's updated CX-5 is also expected to get a larger front grille, reshaped headlights with upgraded automatic high beams, and a choice of two models. One is said to be off-road themed while the other is sportier with a black grille. As for the cabin, we do not yet have any information on upgrades, but we are told that the seats have been redesigned for more comfort. Under the hood, Japan's CX-5 will lose the 2.5-liter turbo motor and all-wheel drive will be available on the base 2.0-liter model. Whether these changes will apply to our market is yet to be seen.