The Mazda CX-5 is the ‘second-quickest Mazda to sell more than 1 million units worldwide – after the […] Mazda MX-5’. Today Mazda says that the Mazda CX-5 accounts for more than a quarter of its total sales. It is therefore no wonder that there is so much excitement for the 2017 Mazda CX-5 unveil. Although there are many similarities to the first generation Mazda CX-5, the 2017 model is ‘much improved’, with a focus on improving NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), ride quality and remaining in keeping with the KODO design philosophy.
To improve ride quality without compromising the steering, ‘the steering rack is now solid-mounted to the chassis. The front suspension struts are lower-friction, and the perch angle of the front springs—now asymmetric—was moved to more accurately cancel out side loads on the strut’. Mazda has also introduced its ‘G-Vectoring Control’ to improve ride quality, which works by transferring weight towards the front tyres as the torque decreases, resulting in ‘less body roll on initial turn which means a smoother ride for the passengers’.
In terms of interior improvements, ‘access to the rear was improved with doors that open to a wider angle’, the rear seats can recline and ‘are also heated, and Mazda has added a pair of 2A USB ports to the rear center arm rest’.
These improvements are aligned with Mazda’s ‘Jinba Ittai’ philosophy whereby car and driver work in harmony to make driving fun.
The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 hits the market in the UK in spring 2017.