The latest model from the company to use the Kodo design philosophy will be delivered to first customers in February 2017.

Following a short teaser campaign, Mazda revealed the all-new CX-5 at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this month. Now, production of the model has started at the Ujina Plant No. 2 near the company’s global headquarters in Hiroshima.

The first example to roll off the assembly line is painted in Soul Red Crystal, a new color for the SUV. With its latest addition to the crossover range, Mazda says it aims “for a new dimension of driving pleasure for everyone on board, and not just the driver,” prioritizing on “passenger comfort in the quiet and finely crafted cabin.”

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Back in 2012, when the first generation CX-5 was launched, it was the first production model of the brand to use the so-called Kodo design language and the Skyactiv technologies. Its successor follows the same recipe, but adds sharper lines and a sexier silhouette to the mix.

2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Mazda CX-5

As of the end of October, Mazda has managed to deliver more than 1.57 million examples of the previous generation CX-5. The SUV is the automaker’s most popular model in Europe, where it still continues to “sell robustly” despite its age.

Deliveries of the new CX-5 will begin from Japan from February next year before being rolled out in other markets around the world. It was already confirmed American customers will be finally getting a diesel engine for the car in the second half of 2017. The company’s first ever diesel in the United States will most likely be a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, which will deliver “a torque-rich driving experience” and will make the model “one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.”

2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Mazda CX-5
2017 Mazda CX-5

Other than that, the CX-5 will be offered with the familiar 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder gasoline-fueled mills. Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control will be optionally available, tweaking the powerplant’s torque output for easier steering.

Source: Mazda

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