A new generation Mazda CX-5 has been introduced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Well, at least the car manufacturer claims that. Essentially, this isn’t the complete redesign. The crossover rides on the same, yet updated platform, and gets pretty the same engine options. Okay, the diesel is coming in North America for the first time, but the same oil-burner already works overseas. Still, regardless the fact we disagree that this can be called the new generation model, Mazda’s most popular high-riding car looks really amazing. This is the catch because they completely redesigned both exterior and interior, and both look gorgeous.
The new styling shows how the evolution really works. From the outside, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 sports the latest KODO design language with some really amazing cues, like the new and really massive grille, as well as very aggressive headlights. Chrome accents make the crossover more handsome, while the rear end features the interesting taillights. The SUV gets the same measures, but the center of gravity has been lowered, which would likely improve the ride.
Step inside and you will see a rather familiar design. It’s not the same as before, but there are plenty of tweaks from the bigger CX-9. The gauges are gathered in the new 4.6-inch color display, yet a seven-inch infotainment screen sitting on top of the dash. According to the carmaker, the crossover offers comfy and heated seats.
The 2018 CX-5 will keep its base 2.0-liter engine, but it won’t be available in North America. Instead, the interesting crossover will come with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine. The unit should deliver more than earlier, so in place of 184 hp and 185 pound-feet, the mill may produce up to 200 horsepower. The second US option will be an oil-burner. It’s the familiar 2.2-l turbocharged 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine. However, in contrast to the gasoline option that’s getting more power, this one could be reduced due to the U.S. emission law. The rumors say it will be able of delivering 160 hp and 300 lb-ft, but let’s wait for the official numbers. Speaking of the speculative reports, we have to mention that there might be a six-speed manual option along with the regular 6-speed auto transmission.
The price should follow the “evolutionary approach” of the carmaker, so let’s say you will have to pay around $1,000 more than the last year. Of course, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 diesel will cost you at least $3,000 extra.