This is the hottest segment, so it’s no wonder Mazda came out with a new CX-5 four years after the first model hit dealerships.
Just after Honda released the newest version of America’s best selling SUV, the CR-V, Mazda thought it would fire back at the competition by teasing its new midsized crossover SUV, the 2017 CX-5. Mazda’s newest SUV is slated to have its veil peeled off at the upcoming LA Auto Show where it hopes that buyers will see the gorgeous lines of Mazda’s KODO design language as a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to Honda’s geeky new crossover.
Mazda has recently been undergoing a transformation that has been lost on many car buyers who favored the incumbent car brands like Toyota, GM, or Ford. Upscale quality, good design, and hard to beat driving feel have all been areas that Mazda has emphasized and the results are top of the class. The new CX-5 should be no exception. With the mid-sized crossover SUV segment currently being one of the hottest, there’s no doubt that the Japanese automaker will bring everything it has to this fight. In a press release, Mazda claimed that the new CX-5 will feature the latest evolution of its KODO design language. Mazda has “honed the car’s beauty, imparting a powerful combination of sophistication and strength new CX-5.”
While the silhouette of the new CX-5 doesn’t tell us much about the redesign, there are some distinct differences that can be spotted. At the front, the grille is angled back to make it look more sharp and apt to cutting the wind. It also retains an air of sophistication without getting too serious thanks to the curves near the rear. The windshield also appears to sit at a more extreme angle, helping aerodynamics and making the new CX-5 appear lower, almost crouched. The first generation of the CX-5 was first produced in 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle. Mazda’s comes before the industry’s typical lifespan of 5-7 years, but that type of vigilance is key to staying ahead in what is currently the most important sales race of all.