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2017-05-11 10:25

REFINED STYLING: Mazda SA has launched its next-gen CX-5 SUV locally. Image: Wheels24/ Janine Van Der Post

Janine Van der Post

Pretoria - Mazda's next-generation CX-5 has arrived in South Africa coinciding with a new local managing director, Craig Roberts.

First launched in 2012, the CX-5 was one of the first vehicles from the Japanese automaker to feature SkyActiv Technology and the automaker's Kodo Soul of Motion design language.

The CX-5 has since become a core model in Mazda's stable, sold in more than 120 countries and accounts for approximately 25% of the automaker's global sales. The outgoing CX-5 is a best-seller for the automaker in South Africa, with an average of 350 units sold per month.

'Mega-hit' model

Prices start from R379 900 for the Active FWD to R557 500 for the top-of-the-range AWD variant. 

The local engine line-up comprises three options; SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre, 2.5-litre petrol as well as SKYACTIV-D 2.2-litre diesel units. All 2.0-litre engine derivatives are available with both manual and automatic transmissions with the Dynamic derivative now offering an auto option.

The 2.5-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines are available with an auto transmission. The 2017 line-up gains a new derivative, expanding the range from six to seven models. Mazda SA confirms the CX-5 will be available at dealership from June 2017.

Masaya Kodama, Mazda's global product director for the CX-5, told Wheels24 that the SUV is the company's 'mega-hit' model, with a total sale of 370 000 units worldwide since it was launched in 2012.

Mazda hopes the new CX-5 will build on its predecessor's success with its "less is more concept", Japanese aesthetic and minimalistic design.

Kodama said: "The new CX-5 adds new dimensions of driving pleasure, not only for the driver, but for passengers too. Every aspect of the car has been refined in terms of design, functionality, safety and security."

Mazda says has improved the SUVs performance and dramatically reduced noise levels. It's new body colour - Soul Red Crystal - will be rolled out to other Mazda models.

So what's new?

For 2017, the CX-5 Active gains new LEDs, fog ligts, auto headlight leveling, new 17” alloy wheels, rear ventilation, USB for rear centre armrest and auto door locks. 

The Dynamic variant gains new 19” alloy wheels, leather seats, 8-way power adjustable lumber support driver seat and auto folding side-mirrors. The Individual derivative gains a 10-speaker BOSE system, head-up display, powerlift tailgate as well as the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA) advanced safety features.

The CX-5 is sold with a three-year unlimited kilometre service plan and a three-year factory warranty, a three-year roadside assistance and a five-year Corrosion Warranty are also included.

Look out for Wheels24's Janine Van der Post's driving impressions early next week.

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