2018 Mazda CX-5

Crossovers are in high demand in the US. Due to this, almost
every automaker has a model in the market meaning competition
is very stiff. To remain competitive in the market, automakers
have to regularly freshen up their models. The Mazda CX-5 is
one of the best CUVs in the market due to its excellent blend
of practicability, engaging driving experience and attractive
design. Mazda is already working on a 2018 CX-5 to retain its
market share. This is despite the model having had undergone an
upgrade for the 2016 model year.

Our spy photographer captured the model in Southern California.
A keen look at the model reveals that its exterior has adopted
styling cues from the China exclusive CX-4 and the 2017 CX-9.
The CX-5 continues with the automaker’s Kodo design language.
Read along for more information:

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2018 Mazda CX-5 Exterior

According to reports, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 will ride on an
upgraded version of the current platform. The current platform
enables the vehicle to offer a good driving experience which
makes the vehicle one of the top CUVs in the market.

The model captured testing featured a narrower opening on the
bumper while there are no side air scoops like in the outgoing
model. The outgoing model’s five-pointed grille has also been
upgraded where black mesh has replaced the previous horizontal
bars.  The grille is flanked by slimmer headlights
compared to the current model. On the sides, the CX-5 features
character lines of the CX-9 where one such line runs from the
top side of the front fender and terminates into the rear wheel
well while the other emanates at the mid part of the rear door
and stretches to the top of the taillight housings.

The Model’s lower side cladding sits lower and thinner which
have enhanced the vehicle’s look. The rear seems unchanged but
we will be able to tell more once we capture the model with
less camouflage.

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2018 Mazda CX-5 Interior

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 was actually spotted while fuelling. The
model was heavily camouflaged with heavily tinted windows. As
such, our spy photographers were unable to get shots of its
cabin. However, I believe the new model will adopt most of the
2017 CX-9 and CX-4 cues.

The cabin will be upgraded to include latest technologies and
driving aids, a norm in this segment as automakers try to
position their models as superior to their rivals. We will
update you when more information becomes available.

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Engine and performance

Although Mazda has already confirmed that they are developing
their next-gen Skyactiv technology christened “Skyactiv 2”, the
technology will not be ready by the time the CX-5 is expected
to hit dealerships.  However, the 2019 models will use
this technology. For 2018, the CX-5 is expected to carry on
with the current 2.0 L and 2.5 mills.

The engines will however be upgraded to offer a better fuel
economy as well as a slight improvement in power. The models
will likely be offered in front-wheel-drive as standard with an
option for all-wheel-drive.

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Price and release date

It is too early to talk about the 2018 CX-5 prices. However, we
don’t expect the model’s price to vary significantly from its
current prices. The base CX-5 currently attracts $22,675 while
the range topping model goes for $35,000.

Mazda will showcase the model at an international show early
next year before delivering the model to dealerships in the
second or third quarter of 2017.

Competition

Competition is very stiff in this segment. Competing models
include Ford Escape, Honda
CR-V, Toyota Rav 4,
Kia
Sportage, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru
Forester, Chevrolet
Equinox, GMC
Terrain,
Hyundai Tuscon and Nissan
Rogue.