When you have been number one in the New Zealand market for as long as the Mazda CX-5, you deserve to get something special – and it has.
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 has received engine upgrades and each of the three CX-5’s powertrains have been re-engineered to improve efficiencies and deliver better response.
Mazda New Zealand, Managing Director David Hodge says the Mazda CX-5 has made an outstanding contribution to the company in New Zealand.
“Every Mazda CX-5 model we have launched in the New Zealand market, following the launch of the very first model in 2012, has further enhanced the reputation of the vehicle with the New Zealand motoring public. These new engines will continue to build on this. When you combine engine upgrades, i-ACTIVSENSE technologies, a stunning design and the 5-star ANCAP rating you have the complete package.”
With Mazda’s continual focus on improving the performance and efficiency of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), each of the 2018 Mazda CX-5’s powertrains have been re-engineered to improve combustion. The outcome is a reduction in energy losses from exhaust, cooling, pumping and mechanical friction across all engines.
The 115kW and 200Nm SKYACTIV-G 2.0L petrol engine balances spirited low-to-mid-range torque with excellent fuel efficiency. Key engineering changes include reshaped intake ports and new piston design to generate a stronger tumble flow during intake, that causes the flame to spread faster thereby improving combustion. The addition of a coolant control valve helps prevent heat escaping, while the engine warms-up, by reducing the flow of coolant around the walls of the combustion chamber.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine with 140kW and 252Nm adopts the same technology updates as the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine, whilst adding a new cylinder deactivation system, to further reduce fuel consumption when driving at constant cruising speeds. The result is an improvement to all output and sustainability measures. The outside two cylinders can shut down when the vehicle is operated at steady speeds between 40 and 80 km/h, but all four cylinders work instantaneously when needed for maximum performance. A centrifugal pendulum has been adopted in the torque converter of the six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission, counterbalancing any vibration that might otherwise be felt when running on two cylinders. The switchover between two- and four cylinder modes is imperceptible, yet with very tangible real-world efficiency benefits.
In addition to engine upgrades, the GLX and GSX models receive Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) improvements as the result of a specification change to the 17-inch tyre.
The new SKYACTIV-D 2.2L engine with an eye-watering 450Nm and 140kW features a new combustion process called Rapid Multi-Stage Combustion, which has improved peak torque by 30Nm and peak power by 11kW. Fuel consumption and emissions have also improved. The result is quieter and more economical performance in low-speed / low-load situations, while also delivering a linear engine sound that matches the degree of acceleration under powerful engine conditions.
The new process sees multiple injections of fuel in quick succession, which generate a continuous burn with a shorter combustion period. In addition, precisely controlling fuel injection ensures a better fuel/air mix for cleaner combustion and reduced knocking noise.
“The ability of Mazda engineers to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO² emissions without compromising the performance of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Is outstanding and shows the Mazda’s on-going commitment to reduce the impact of the environment without compromising the vehicles performance,” said Hodge
The GSX models pick up Active Driving Display which is projected onto the windscreen other i-ACTIVSENSE technologies include Mazda’s proprietary Autonomous Emergency Braking – Advanced Smart City Brake Support – Forward (ASCBS-F) which is standard across the range, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Traffic Sign Recognition on GSX and Limited grades. Limited models also feature Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go functionality and Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH) which now features a 20-split LED array with individual control of several LEDs providing precise adjustment of the lighting pattern. The ALH feature automatically controls your front head lamps in high beam. It broadens visibility at low speeds, shapes the high beam to help avoid dazzling other drivers and raises beam height at highway speeds to extend vision area..
The new CX-5 comes in six models, ranging from the GLX model at $39,995* to $57,995* for the Diesel Limited model. Please visit visit mazda.co.nz for more information
*including GST, plus on-road costs