Mazda announces its 2022 CX-5 line-up
October 2, 2021
An updated version of Mazda’s stylish, spacious and dynamic SUV – the Mazda CX-5 – will be arriving in the UK early next year.
It features a bold new look with revised front and rear bumper designs combined with new headlight and taillight clusters to give the 2022 CX-5 a distinctly more modern and sharper appearance.
At the front, a more three-dimensional and powerful grille design is combined with a new signature wing trim, while at the rear the new bumper shape and stronger taillight design sharpens the rear styling.
In the UK the 20-model line-up features five trim levels called SE-L, Newground, Sport, Sport Black and GT Sport. For the first time, individual model grades feature subtle styling differentiation to give customers the option of choosing a CX-5 with a unique character and focus.
As before, the entry point to the CX-5 range is the SE-L model, which is offered with either the 165ps Skyactiv-G petrol or 150ps Skyactiv-D engine.
Making its debut, and offered exclusively with the 165ps Skyactiv-G engine, the Newground model boasts a slightly more rugged look with front and rear silver underguard trims matched to silver lower body side skirts, black door mirrors and 19-inch black diamond cut alloy wheels.
Subtle lime green accents in the grille are replicated inside with lime green air vent louver trims, while the Newground’s black half leatherette seats have matching green piping. Perfect for an active lifestyle, the boot even features a reversible waterproof boot floor, while the Newground can be specified in the new Zircon Sand Metallic paint colour.
Predicted to be the biggest seller in the UK, the Sport model is offered with a choice of 165ps Skyactiv-G petrol or 150ps and 184ps Skyactiv-D diesel. The higher output diesel comes with a choice of front or all-wheel drive. Matched exclusively to an automatic gearbox, this 184ps Skyactiv-D AWD Sport is the entry point of Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system in the CX-5 range.
The new Sport Black trim is another model that offers customers a unique look and has the 165ps Skyactiv-G petrol engine and front wheel drive. It features gloss black detailing on the wheel arches, side mouldings, door mirrors and signature wing grille surround. Subtle red accents within the grille and 19-inch black alloy wheels finish the sporty look.
Moving inside, the black leather seats have red stitching, which is also found around the cabin in areas like the door trim, centre console and steering wheel.
Sitting at the top of the range, the GT Sport is the premium flagship model that combines a unified one-colour exterior with a high-class interior that features the smooth tactility of brown Nappa leather and the luxurious textures of genuine woodgrain.
This model features a wide choice of engine, drivetrain and transmission with both the 2.0-litre 165ps Skyactiv-G and 194ps 2.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol available. As before, the 165ps engine is matched to front wheel drive, while the larger 194ps petrol comes exclusively with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox with cylinder deactivation for improved efficiency. The GT Sport is also on sale with the 184ps Skyactiv-D diesel matched to all-wheel drive.
The car introduces Mazda Intelligent Drive select (Mi-Drive), which enables the driver to select the most appropriate drive mode with one touch of a switch. On 194ps petrol GT Sport models the i-Activ AWD system now benefits from an Off-Road mode, which makes driving feel more natural on un-made and slippery surfaces.
Mazda’s next generation of Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture has now been applied, further evolving the bodyshell, suspension and seats to improve ride comfort and reduce fatigue, while road noise has been greatly reduced, particularly when driving on rough surfaces such as gravel.
It now features wireless Qi phone charging tray in the centre console, while the updated range of i-Activsense safety systems standard across the range includes Cruise & Traffic Support (CTS). CTS helps reduce driver fatigue by assisting with accelerator, brake pedal and steering operations when stuck in traffic jams.