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.”
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.
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.”
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.
Gallery: 2017 Mazda CX-5 production
Mazda started production of the all-new Mazda CX-5 yesterday at Ujina Plant No. 2 near the company’s global headquarters in Hiroshima. The compact SUV recently unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show will go on sale in Japan in February before being rolled out in other markets around the world.
Mazda is aiming with the all-new CX-5 for a new dimension of driving pleasure for everyone on board, and not just the driver. Therefore, in addition to delivering responsiveness that corresponds to driver expectations, the carmaker also prioritised passenger comfort in the quiet and finely crafted cabin. The bold KODO exterior, available in a new Soul Red Crystal finish, heightens the CX-5’s distinct personality. Its SKYACTIV Technology, meanwhile, ensures an uncompromising combination of exceptional performance and outstanding fuel economy.
Launched in 2012, the original CX-5 was the first of a new generation of award-winning models featuring KODO designs and the full range of SKYACTIV Technology. Total production surpassed 1 million units in April 2015, making it the second-fastest Mazda (after the Mazda3) to reach the milestone. The figure stood at 1.57 million units at the end of October. The outgoing CX-5 generation is the brand’s most popular model in Europe, where it also continues to sell robustly despite its age. Global sales have increased every year since its launch, and the CX-5 now accounts for about a quarter of Mazda’s annual volume.