While Mazda is keen on claiming the CX-5 has arrived as a second generation model, it’s pretty clear to anyone seeing it in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show we’re actually dealing with a very classic midlife-cycle refresh.
Production of the model is already well underway at home in Japan, and while it’s still present on the show floor of the Geneva Motor Show in its European specifications, it will arrive at dealerships in the United States at the end of the month. The Old Continent buyers will need to wait until summer to garb one. The medium-sized compact crossover comes in North America with a starting price of $24,985 (after $940 destination). The first powertrain options – the only one available at launch – is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox – a manual transmission is no longer offered. It motivates the crossover with 187 horsepower (139 kilowatts) and 185 pound-feet (251 Newton-meters) of torque.
In the US, there are Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims with front- or all-wheel drive, the latter a $1,300 option. Mazda’s European 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder is also scheduled to arrive during the latter part of the year, and the exact performance specifications should mirror the versions already on sale on the pre-facelift version in Europe. The 2017 CX-5 now includes perks such as full LED headlights, Smart City Brake Support, G-Vectoring Control, and a reclining second-row seat.