Some details of the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 are out. And there’re plenty of reasons to get excited. It continues to build on the keen handling and steering, the upscale quality of the cabin, and the smooth ride quality offered by its predecessors. The new model is also underpinned by the KODO – Soul of Motion design language that aims to take the emotional appeal and powerful vitality that the automaker represents to a whole different level.
In designing the new vehicle, its developers started with a simple yet honed form free from non-basic elements. The result is a solid option for buyers looking for a small luxury SUV. It continues to enhance on the dynamic and personality flavor of its predecessor while creating a confident and resilient look.
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According to recent rumors, the new model’s raft of changes include; a lower center of gravity, a wider front end, a refreshed color palette, more technologies including an updated infotainment system, and subtle but necessary performance tweaks. Other than these, the CX-5 is set to return unchanged.
Introduced back in 2013, the Mazda CX-3 nameplate has evolved to become a force to reckon with in the small crossover SUV segment. It excels when it comes to offering its users a satisfying riding experience. It might not be the fastest, but its nuance in terms of handling and steering makes it a rare breed among its peers.
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2019 Mazda CX-5 Interior Changes & Facelifts
In keeping with the “refined toughness” theme, the designers of the new CX-5 interior focused their entire attention on texture, form, and ambience. The resulting interior, as Mazda has recently confirmed, is simplistic and provides a reassuring and exhilarating comfort for all passengers. Also, nothing was left to chance when it came to paying careful attention to the fit and finish of every detail.
Just like its predecessor, the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 model’s cabin is driver-centered, with superb driving position and excellent visibility.
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Getting in and out is a breeze. This is because of the taller step-in height that compares better than most of its rivals such as the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV-4. While rear-seat passengers may find exiting as easy as getting in, taller front passengers might need to crunch their legs a bit to leave.
There’s enough head, shoulder, hip, and legroom. This notwithstanding, passengers seated at the back may feel cramped due to the sculpted outboard seats.
In terms of quality, the new CX-5 for 2019 looks and feels premium. All materials, from the upholstery on the dash to that on the seats feels expensive. Save for the malleable side bolsters, everything else is bespoke.
Although Mazda is yet to offer any clarifications in terms of the trim models to expect for 2019, rumor has it that the previous lineup might return unchanged. In that case, buyers should expect four trim models – Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Grand Select.
Basic equipment and features available with the entry model Sport should include upgraded cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, an upgraded four-speaker audio system, and two USB ports. Premium features include automatic turn-swiveling headlights, leather upholstery, a navigation system, automatic wipers, a premium Bose audio system, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, and a moonroof.
As already told, the exterior of the new 2019 CX-5 further enhances on the distinct personality and dynamic character of the outgoing model. Again, the new design language conveys a pure motion expression.
Changes to expect on the new model include thinned headlamps and a subtly refreshed front profile. According to recent rumors online, the front face of the Mazda is expected to be bolder, deeper, and sportier thanks to a perfect combination of a sculpted signature wing and a detailed three-dimensional pattern of the grille’s mesh section.
Exterior color options include Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Jet Black Mica, Snowflake White Pearl Mica, Eternal Blue Mica, Deep Crystal Blue Mica, Sonic Silver Metallic, and Machine Gray Metallic. More options will be offered closer to the on-sale date.
Engine Specs & Performance - 2019 Mazda CX-5
Mazda is yet to offer any info pertaining what lies beneath the hood of the latest CX-5. Our rendering however shows the new model getting some performance tweaks to match the output figure promised by some of its rivals.
While the existing model isn’t underpowered, users have often complained that it lacks a sporty driving feel especially when pressed hard. The existing model comes equipped with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine capable of churning out 187 horsepower and 185 lbs. ft. of torque. Power is then sent to either to the front or all wheels via the exclusive six-speed automatic transmission system.
Among its most formidable rivals is the RAV4. It offers a tepid, but relaxed driving experience made possible by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine beneath the hood. Output for the engine stands at 176 horsepower. In the same token as the CX-5, it feels smooth and refined as long as the driver doesn’t push it hard.
2019 CX-5 Release Date & Price
These details are still anyone’s guess for now, as the automaker is yet to make any announcements in this regard. Nonetheless, our crystal ball says we should expect the vehicle sometime towards the fall of 2018. Pricing should change by a significant margin based on our rendering. The base model should go for sale for an MSRP starting from $25K.
Stacking up high in terms of competition is the HR-V from Honda. It is a notorious best-seller in the small crossover SUV segment. Some of its strong points include a comfortable ride quality, spacious interior, brawny engine, and clever storage solutions. Pricing starts from $24K for the barebones model.
Next in the winding list of rivals for the CX-5 is the RAV4. It scores high marks for its spacious and well-packaged interior, wide range of trim levels, thrifty hybrid, and tons of standard safety tech. Power comes from a 2.5L four-cylinder engine capable of churning out 176 hp. Its hybrid version is rated at 194 horsepower. Price starts from $26K.