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.