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2012-03-20 11:10

HOST OF SAFETY TECH: Mazda looks to be moving into Volvo territory with its safety-feature packed CX-5 crossover due here later in 2012.

Mazda’s all-new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV, arriving in South Africa later in 2012 comes equipped with a range of technologies that includes Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), SkyActive-Body and rear vehicle monitoring system.

There are two engine options, SkyActiv-D 2.2 diesel and SkyActiv-G two-litre petrol.

The petrol variant is capable of 121kW/210Nm, the 2.2 turbodiesel units 110kW/380Nm or 129kW/420Nm. The petrol unit has a claimed fuel consumption of six litres/100km and the 100kW diesel 4.5.


The CX-5 is the Japanese automaker’s first compact SUV and sports the brands SCBS, which helps to to avoid or minimise the impact of a frontal collision when driving at low speeds – under 32km/h. The technology, standard across the Mazda CX-5 range, detects a vehicle or obstacle in front of the CX-5 and, if the driver fails to react, SCBS brakes instead.

Mazda’s SkyActiv technology, debuting on the CX-5, is a new chassis design which absorbs the impact load at the time of a crash by dispersing it in multiple directions - new name for an old technology.

Other standard safety equipment  on the CX-5 includes front and rear parking sensors, traction control, hill-hold for people who never learned clutch control and dual front and side airbags.

The following vehicle monitoring system, which helps to prevent lane-change crashes, isalready available on the Mazda3 MPS.

The high-beam control system automatically switches between low and high beam to ensure adequate night-driving visibility. The lane departure warning system uses a camera on the windscreen to monitor the position of white lane markings at 64km/h and faster.

If the system detects a risk of an unintentional lane change, it warns the driver with a rumbling sound through the audio system speakers.

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