We have good news for those who are waiting for the latest version of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. It was just unveiled in November at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now the Japanese carmaker is busy assembling the 2017 Mazda CX-5 at its production facilities in Japan.
In fact, a number of CX-5 models – those wrapped in the new Soul Red Crystal color – have been rolled off the production line at the carmaker’s Ujina Plant No. 2 located near its global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. The initial batches of the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover will arrive in Japan in February 2017 and in other global markets right afterwards.
Developed as “an SUV all customers will enjoy,” the new Mazda CX-5 is designed to provide superior passenger comfort with its quiet and finely crafted cabin and pleasant ride. In an effort to improve the crossover’s motion control, Mazda fitted the 2017 CX-5 with the G-Vectoring Control that could tweak its engine’s torque level to allow easier steering. Three engines are available for the 2017 Mazda CX-5: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline units and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel powerplant.
To raise the exterior appeal of its offerings, Mazda has created a new body color that appropriately represents its KODO Soul of Motion design -- the Soul Red Crystal. The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the first recipient of this new color, which will then be applied to the new and current models of the Japanese carmaker. Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red, featuring a 20-percent better color saturation and 50-percent more depth than Soul Red. Soul Red Crystal boasts of a simple three-layer structure composed of clear, translucent and reflective coats. Its translucent layer comes with a newly developed red pigment while the reflective coat features extremely thin aluminum flakes as well as light-absorbing flakes.
The design of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 was a result of applying a number of cues from the latest iteration of its larger crossover sibling, the CX-9. For example, the new CX-5 features a broader grille flanked by arched headlights as well as a narrow lower intake connected to the running lights. While the new CX-5 appears similar to its predecessor on the profile, it boasts of extra chrome around its windows. Additionally, the rear end of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover is now defined by sharper taillights.
Inside, the 2017 CX-5 sports an extra display for warning messages and seat heater settings while its center stack has been provided with a new layout -- the infotainment system is now poking out from the dashboard. This freed up space has enabled Mazda to move the HVAC vents upward, which now don a more angular look with chrome surrounds.