ARMED with a range of new interior features, the new generation Mazda CX-5 will arrive here after Easter next year with minor exterior changes.
While it looks the same as the model which has become Australia's most popular SUV since being launched here in 2012, Mazda says it has upped the refinement and changes just about everything other than the styling.
"The cabin is quieter, allowing for more comfortable conversation, and the rear seats provide greater levels of comfort and usability," said CX-5 program manager Masaya Kodama.
Those rear seats now have a two-step reclining function and a lower hip point - which will be appreciated by older passengers for ease of entry and exit. Up-spec models will be available with rear seat heaters, and there is also air conditioning vents mounted on the floor.
The wheelbase remains the same (distance between the front and rear wheels), but the A-pillar has moved rearward by 35mm to improve the driver's field of vision.
Key changes come in the cabin, where the floor console has been raised. The auto shifter has risen 60mm, while the manual is 40mm higher.
The 7-inch display has been moved to the top of the dash - a change designed to reduce driver eye movement.
Pricing details have not been revealed, while it's expected to again be released with a base grade 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with a manual transmission (currently starting from $27,890 in Maxx grade while the Maxx Sport in auto is $33,490)), along with a 2.5-litre petrol and 2.2-litre turbo diesel autos in higher-spec variants.
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