The 2nd generation of the CX-5 has been revealed in the late 2016 and despite the fact it doesn’t really seem like it, the car has been fully reworked. The new model is based on a revised chassis, it comes with a different running gear as well as improved engines. However, despite being as fresh as it can be, it looks like an update is already on its way. This will be released with the upcoming 2018 Mazda CX-5 and it seems that not much is going to change the ongoing model. The big change will likely happen under the hood but more on that a bit later.
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2018 Mazda CX-5 Review
As we said, the car is based on Mazda’s latest SkyActiv modular architecture. This high strength steel platform boasts a lot of rigidity for how light it is.
Over its predecessor, the new model has a slightly shorter wheelbase but it is slightly longer and taller
With it the CX-5 tips the scale at anything between 3,300 and 3,650 pounds which are actually better than many of its rivals.
However, the car is just so slightly narrower which is a really interesting change considering most of its competitors are getting larger as the time goes by.
The updated 2018 model of the CX-5 is not only expected to receive a small change but also a price adjustment. It looks like the car might become more expensive than before mostly because a new model might be added to the range.
The regular versions of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 should remain roughly as expensive as before which is reassuring.
The interior of the 2018 model will be identical with the one of the ongoing model and we are fine with that.
The infotainment screen will still be mounted on the dashboard while the materials are not going to change much either
The car will feature a really subtle-looking cabin which has to be one of the best in its class. The CX-5 will feature the already iconic three-gauge instrument cluster as well as the really minimalist-looking dashboard.
It looks like Mazda may alter the materials on the higher end versions.
These could get a slightly higher quality leather and possibly less brittle plastics on the lower part of the dashboard. In terms of features, the car will likely stay the same as before which is to be expected.
Some rumors did say a 7-seats model might be added to the range but we find this very unlikely.
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The design of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 should basically mirror that of the ongoing model.
|2017 Mazda CX-5||Exterior Dimensions
In the front, it will continue to use the same expressive grille and headlights as before. However, it looks like the new model might get a slightly different bumper with a larger air intake.
The car may also receive a new set of wheels and possibly a few new colors to choose from
Unfortunately, there is still not going to be a high-performance model but we still haven’t lost hope.
Engine and Specs of 2018 Mazda CX-5
The base model of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 is going to feature a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated inline-four gasoline powertrain.
This will be available only in some markets and it will develop close to 160 horsepower and little over 150 lb-ft of torque. A larger 2.5 liter naturally aspirated mill with 187 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque is going to be an option.
Both of these are already available and despite the fact they may seem underpowered, both of them are more than capable with great fuel efficiency and a decent amount of power.
It looks like the US version of the CX-5 is finally going to receive a diesel. The car will come equipped with a new generation 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-four direct injected diesel which is set to offer 173 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Like the other two engines, this will also be available with either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic
All three engines will be offered with front or all wheel drive. Also, considering the larger 2.5-liter engine is capable of up to 32 MPG on the highway, it is safe to assume the diesel is going to trump that.
Release and Price
There is still no official price information for 2018 CX-5. We assume that the price will be slightly higher on top trims than the previous model, which is normal. As for the entry model, it is expected to stay close to the current cost.
The starting price is about $23,000 and with the strongest options around $35,000. It will appear in the market during 2018, probably in the late months. The ongoing, facelifted model, is not around for too long so the Japanese manufacturer won’t rush things with new MY.
|Honda CR-V||$25,000 - $34,000|
|Kia Sportage||$24,000 - $35,000|
|Ford Escape||$24,000 - $32,000|
|Volkswagen Tiguan||$25,000 - $37,000|
|Toyota RAV4||$25,000 - $37,000|
|Jeep Compass||$21,000 - $31,000|
|Subaru Forester||$23,000 - $35,000|
The competition is quite strong, below we will list some of them.
- Chevrolet Equinox
- Ford Escape
- Nissan Rogue
- Subaru Forester
- Toyota RAV4
- Hyundai Tucson
- Kia Sportage
- Jeep Cherokee
- GMC Terrain
- Honda CR-V