Mazda crossover SUV heads for SA

2012-02-20 16:48

HIROSHIMA, Japan - Mazda has launched its a new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV in Japan with plans to launch it in South Africa.

The new model is is available in two engine options, Skyactiv-D 2.2 diesel and Skyactiv-G 2.0 petrol.

The all-new CX-5 is the first model to adopt Mazda's Skyactiv technology. In terms of design, the CX-5 is the first model to fully embody Mazda's new design theme, Kodo - Soul of Motion.

Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda's president and CEO, said: "Being environmentally friendly is a given. We want to offer outstanding environmental and safety performance with driving enjoyment. To ensure that, Mazda has completely renewed all the basic elements of the car, from the engine and transmission to the body and chassis.


STYLISH SUV: Mazda's CX-5 looks quite sporty especially in comparison to the ageing CX-7.

"The first of Mazda's new generation of products to fully incorporate Skyactiv is the CX-5. As we launch new products, Mazda will continue to offer all customers driving enjoyment combined with outstanding environmental and safety performance," he said.

The petrol variant is capable of 121kW and 210Nm, while the 2.2 turbodiesel unites produces 110kW and 380Nm or 129kW and 420Nm. The petrol unit has a claimed fuel consumption of 6 l/100km and the 100kW diesel unit has a claimed 4.5 l/100km.


SMART TECH: The CX-5 features a Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), which aims to mitigate the damage from a collision by automatically controlling brake operation.

The interior is said offer generous boot space and rear legroom and a premium feel.

The Mazda Cx-5 is due in South Africa later in 2012.

  • christo.stone - 2012-02-20 18:00

    Wow...I like those fuel consumption figures. Really hope it doesn't cost an arm and a leg and this could very well be my next car :)

      christidv - 2012-02-20 19:42

      Agreed Christo would love one if the pricing makes any sense.

      Johan Kritzinger - 2012-02-20 20:59

      Will it cost the same as a Kuga?

      Lulama - 2012-02-23 14:56

      @ Johan, It will definately not cost the same as the Kuga. That 2.0L engine version should start atleast around R300k.

  • Vickers - 2012-02-21 05:44

    Looks lovely. If Mazda can pitch this as a competitor for the Sportage/iX35 clan they will sell like hot cakes. If you are the owner of a Kuga you must be kicking yourself

      Nitro - 2012-02-21 06:48

      This is out in the UK, our most comparable market, and the price for the base 2.0 petrol model is 21K GBP. expect it to hit SA around the 300K mark for the same base model. The base korean models are really tough to compete with, for eg. the ASX still is more expensive than the Koreans. Until we lighten our tax on new vehicles we are always going to pay a premium. The KIA sportage is offered with a 7 year warranty in the UK and still undercuts our price by about 20K

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  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-02-21 16:25

    bring it here but it should not be overpriced like Kuga else it will decorate showrooms.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-21 17:19

    the ugliest mazda since mazda 2...

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-21 17:21

    id rather pay an arm and a leg for a sexy ford kuga and zippy vw tiguan blue efficiency than buy this ugly duckling.

      mzwakhe.ngwenya - 2012-02-23 11:03

      CX-5 comes with SkyActiv technology... that makes it enviroment friendly.

  • Lulama - 2012-02-23 14:58

    lovely, I like it.Well done Mazda.

  • dkropman - 2012-02-25 16:08

    it rides a little hard

  • Mfana - 2012-03-29 19:10

    Hope it will readily available when it hits the SA market. The Hyundai ix35 is difficult to find

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