Mazda’s popular CX-5 crossover is going to receive a number of useful changes inside and out, and these first spy shots shows us what are the intentions of the Japanese car manufacturer. The vehicle won’t come totally redesigned, but just refreshed. However, this mid-cycle update will make the 2018 Mazda CX-5 more premium and ultra-sleek.
2018 Mazda CX-5: Styling Changes
The exterior changes are hidden beneath this psychedelic camouflage, so we can’t see all the changes. Still, it’s pretty clear that the upcoming compact crossover is going to borrow some details from the new and bigger CX-9 model. This especially refers on the front end, which will get a new grille without the usual horizontal bars, and a hood that appears to have smother styling that shows some very best cues of the KODO design language. The carmaker changes the lightening cluster too, so both the headlights and taillights are somehow slimmer and more dynamic. The amazing SUV will also get an updated safety and electronics, so except you will feel safer, the car will add better infotainment and entertainment systems. How we see it, the 2018 CX-5 will likely receive almost the same features as the new CX-9. Of course, the base model won’t include everything, but the range-topping version should be ultra-luxurious and really impressive.
Still, the refreshed 2018 Mazda CX-5 won’t receive just the cosmetic changes, but also a range of performance improvements. The car manufacturer will likely make the crossover lighter and more aerodynamic, so the fuel economy numbers could easily grow. Both, the 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines will power the updated CX-5, but you can also expect a new turbocharged SkyActiv engine that made its debut with the new CX-9. This 2.5-liter turbocharged engine produces around 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm, and it’s mated to a six-speed auto transmission. It’s not official yet, but this engine will likely deliver 23/30 mpg city/highway. A front-wheel drive will remain standard option, but you will be able to buy the optional all-wheel drive 2018 CX-5 too.
According to latest reports, the updated SUV will make its debut early next year.
Stay tuned for updates.