To remain at the top of the increasingly crowded mid-size SUV market in New Zealand requires continual enhancement and refinement and Mazda has certainly delivered that with the New Mazda CX-5.
The CX-5’s outstanding exterior design and premium look and feel interior, combined with incredible driving dynamics, performance and safety, delivers an unbeatable combination that new vehicle buyers in New Zealand will find hard to resist.
Managing Director Mazda New Zealand, David Hodge, believes the New CX-5 will further enhance the company’s positon as market leader in the SUV segment in New Zealand.
“The New CX-5 delivers on so many fronts. From its stunning looks through to ride and performance, it’s the type of vehicle that once you get behind the wheel you just want to keep on driving.”
Mazda’s continual focus on enhancing Jinba Ittai – the connection between car and driver – has seen a number of enhancements that will further improve the performance and handling of the New CX-5 while at the same time delivering class-leading safety.
The SKYACTIV engine line-up of 2.0L and 2.5L petrol and 2.2L diesel all deliver responsive performance. The 2.0L petrol, with its 13.0.1 compression ratio, offers powerful low-mid range torque and excellent fuel economy. Its bigger brother, the 2.5L petrol, has been modified to improve engine response and linearity. The piston top has been redesigned to reduce knocking and enhance ignition control.
The SKYACTIV-D 2.2L has been modified to include High-Precision DE Boost, to improve acceleration response, and the Natural Sound Smoother supresses engine knocking delivering a quieter more refined driving experience.
New CX-5 models come equipped with SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission. For petrol models this means the transmission now incorporates a new shift logic that predicts the driver’s intentions based on vehicle speed, throttle position, engine speed and other factors to achieve smoother vehicle behaviour. In diesel models, the transmission includes a low rigidity lock up damper to enhance quietness, extend the lock up range and deliver improved fuel economy.
The CX-5 is known for its outstanding handling around town and on the open road ride. To ensure even greater control and ride comfort the New CX-5 features G-VECTORING Control (GVC) as standard across all models. The GVC system – unique to Mazda, provides unified control over chassis and steering systems that results in improved handling and ride quality for both the driver and passengers.
An indication of the commitment Mazda engineers have to delivering superior ride and handling can be seen in the company’s unique i-ACTIV AWD system that is standard on the 2.5L petrol and 2.2L diesel CX-5 models. Featuring 27 sensors, it monitors environmental and vehicle conditions at a computation rate of 200 times per second to predict traction requirements before wheel slip occurs.
The suspension system on the New CX-5 has been re-tuned to improve ride comfort while the SKYACTIV-BODY’s torsional rigidity has increased by approximately 15.5% to boost driving performance.
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 set the benchmark when it came to focusing on the reduction of NVH and this has been carried through to the New CX-5.
Particular attention was paid to reducing low and high-frequency noises. This included implementing measures to minimise vibration in key areas such as the suspension, body and wheels, decreasing tyre noise by reducing the gaps of both exterior and interior panels, and lowering the levels of wind noise by minimising turbulence around the body. This was achieved by aerodynamically designing the shape of the mirrors and A-pillars and reducing the gaps of the doors to an absolute minimum.
Driver and passenger safety is always at the forefront of every vehicle Mazda build. Hodge believes while delivering an outstanding driving and ride experience is important, you also need to give the driver and passengers the peace of mind that they are riding in a vehicle where their safety is paramount.
“Mazda prides itself on the investment and time it makes to ensure all its vehicles feature the very latest in safety technology. The New CX-5 is a great example of this with its vast array of i-ACTIVSENSE technologies and improved passive safety features.”
i-ACTIVSENSE technologies found on New CX-5 models include 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).
Enhancements have been made to passive safety with the SKYACTIV-BODY featuring a new multi path structure to disperse crash energy away from the passenger area. Side impact safety has been improved with the addition of side impact door bars, and there is improved passenger protection with new frontal structures to effectively absorb impacts.
New CX-5 models feature Secondary Collision Reduction (SCR), that automatically applies the brakes after a primary collision thereby minimising the risk of a secondary collision.
mazdacare features as standard with every New Mazda CX-5 – a commitment Mazda makes to ensure each new vehicle continues to perform in optimum condition. mazdacare comprises a Mazda Genuine Factory Warranty and Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance for a 5 year, unlimited kilometre period and Genuine Mazda Servicing for 3 years/100,000 km (whichever occurs first) at no extra cost.