Japanese carmaker Mazda Motor Corp. is all set to unveil the latest iteration of its CX-5 compact crossover at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show starting Friday, November 18. For the 2017 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has been redesigned with a new color paint that should allow this crossover to increase its appeal and emotional connection with its owners.
The styling changes on the new CX-5 were a result of adopting a number of design cues from the latest version of its larger crossover sibling, the CX-9. For instance, its front end now comes with a broader grille flanked by arched headlights. The front end is also marked by a narrow lower intake that links to the running lights, thereby further highlighting the width of the CX-5. When viewed from the sides, the new CX-5 looks the same as its predecessor, but it now features extra chrome around its windows. Meanwhile, the rear end of compact crossover is marked by sharper taillights.
In a bid to increase the exterior appeal of its offerings, Mazda has developed a new body color that represents its KODO - Soul of Motion design. The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the first vehicle in the carmaker’s lineup to don this new color, which will then be applied to new and current models. Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red. Soul Red Crystal features 20-percent better color saturation and 50-percent more depth than Soul Red.
Essentially, Soul Red Crystal boasts of a simple three-layer structure: 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.
On the other hand, the interior of the new Mazda CX-5 features quite a number of significant updates. For instance, the CX-5 now features an extra display for warning messages and seat heater settings. In addition, the crossover’s center stack is now given a new layout with the infotainment system poking up from the dashboard, thereby freeing up space that allowed Mazda to move the HVAC vents upward. These vents now feature a more angular look with chrome surrounds.
Developed as “an SUV all customers will enjoy,” the new CX-5 is designed to provide excellent passenger comfort with its quiet cabin and pleasant ride. To improve the CX-5’s vehicle motion control, Mazda fitted it with G-Vectoring Control that could that will tweak the engine’s torque level to allow easier steering. Customers can choose from among three engines: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline powerplants and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel unit.