Mildly facelifted Mazda CX-5 spied on the road image

The compact CX-5 SUV was among the first Mazda offerings to sport its new design language and Skyactiv enhancements, which means its 2012 presentation puts it on the road towards a mid-life refresh.

With the company counting on it as one of its best sellers and because the competition has not been idle, Mazda is prepping a subtle refresh of the CX-5. The changes are small and only target specific areas of the crossover: the front and rear lights and the radiator grille.

We’re betting the design touches have been targeted to fall in line with the latest KODO design language evolution that premiered on the Mazda2 supermini. We’re also almost 100% sure the engines the company makes together with the CX-5 at the Hiroshima, Japan, factory with global appeal will be carried over unchanged. They are a 2.0-litre, 2.5-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre diesel, though some tweaks could be possible at the transmission and suspension level to enhance ride comfort and efficiency.

The facelifted 2016 model year could also see the introduction of the diesel engine on the North American market, where Mazda has reported a sales increase of the model of more than 15% so far this year. The CX-5 compact SUV should also be joined in the line-up by an even smaller offering – the CX-3 – sometimes in 2015.