Safety tech for CX-5 crossover

2012-03-20 11:10

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.

  • Lourens - 2012-03-20 12:48

    What 100 KW diesel?

  • christo.stone - 2012-03-20 12:56

    Can't wait to see what this car will cost. Sounds so awesome!

  • Kwashic - 2012-03-20 17:07

    why is the smart city braking system limited to 32 km/h? I would rather much need it at around 60 km/h when cruising and suddenly traffic stops where unexpected for some kind of hazard.... thats where i would expect crashes. At 32 I should be able to stop even with a following distance of just two car lengths. its easier to keep a safe distance at that low speed crawling in traffic. in fact, at higher speeds it would be more convenient as an audible warning, which could be switched on and off.

  • jayceenolte - 2012-03-21 11:43

    Somewhere out there there's 1 with my name on it..........

  • lumifi - 2012-03-21 22:28

    Delightful style and Mazda weel know reliability. My next SUV.

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