The current generation of the Mazda CX-5 is approaching to the
end of its life cycle. The new generation of this highly
popular compact crossover SUV will be revealed soon as the 2018
Mazda CX-5. This model was the first in brand’s lineup to
utilize the full Skyactiv strategy suite and also the first
pioneering the Kodo design language. The first principle
insists on the lightweight construction and on the new
generation of efficient powertrains. On the other hand KODO
philosophy forms handsome and dynamic styling. For the new
model year these principles and CX-5 will evolve to the next
The new CX-5 switches to the new generation in manner which is
no more than evolution of this current model’s form. It seems
that Mazda doesn’t want to risk with brave moves and why would
it change the winning strategy. So, the new model will
introduce subtle styling updates and there will also be some
structural upgrades. Expect also improved powertrains and
limited interior changes.
2018 Mazda CX-5: Design, Changes, Platform
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 will enter to the new generation but it
won’t shift to the new platform. It will continue to exploit
the current underpinning but it will be heavily revised
version. Mazda insist to provide best possible driving
experience and it will try to pull the most form the current
design. So, expect additional weight reduction and improved
rigidity of the current platform.
Toned-down exterior design:
Mazda tends to provide class leading driving experience but
also considers styling as equally important. In that context
the new CX-5 evolves from the current crisp and pronounced
creases to somewhat softer lines that have been recognized as
similar to the styling that is appalled to larger CX-9.
Softer design will be obvious from model’s profile side. There
it will have softer character line and more rounded fenders.
The model also seems to have slightly lower but also longer
On the other hand, the front fascia gets new grille design and
slightly reshaped headlights. Grille replaces horizontal slats
for the mesh pattern. It also sits lower than headlights while
on the current model its endpoints touched the center points of
On the rear side, the model gets narrower taillights and
slightly re-sculpted tailgate.
On the technology ground, the CX-5 should add head-up display.
Improvements should also include new driver aids. Expect lane
keeping assist, sight recognition system, blind-zone
2018 Mazda CX-5: Performance
On the performance front, the 2018 Mazda CX-5 should continue
with the same engine options. They will get improved power and
torque ratings. We also hope for better fuel economy.
The base engine in the current model is a 2.0 liter inline-4.
It can produce 155 hp and torque of 150 pound-feet. More power
is available from the 2.5 liter engine version. It maxes 184 hp
and 185 lb-ft of torque.
The model will again be available with either front- or
four-wheel drive. Expect also both manual and automatic
We hoped that Mazda will offer turbocharged 2.5 liter inline-4
form the new CX-9. This engine produces 250 hp and torque of
310 lb-ft. However, it seems that it hasn’t been planned for
the CX-5’s scenario.
2018 Mazda CX-5: Arrival and Price
Mazda is going to reveal the 2018 Mazda CX-5 soon. It will
arrive in the market sometime in 2017. The price should be
close to the current range which starts from $22, 675.