A makeover may be a bit of a stretch but the popular Mazda SUV is set for a new entry in the middle of the range. A 2.0 Individual 4-wheel drive model is joining the local CX-5 family, bringing the line-up to an impressive 8 variants for the South African market. There is more on offer with this derivative, giving interested buyers an affordable option with a better spec package. In addition to the new entry, the existing 2.5l petrol engine CX5 Individual model is fitted with all-wheel-drive though this is accompanied with a price jump of around R40 000.
Mazda has seen considerable levels of growth over the past few years, particularly since its marriage with Ford ended in 2014. Investing in the domestic market after regaining its distribution rights for Southern Africa was the first step towards changing the South African view of Mazda. Since then the company has seen an increase in popularity and the sales figures are there to show for it. During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the company reflected its highest recorded vehicle sales since its independence. The likes of the CX-5 and Mazda 3 have been flagged as the biggest sellers, contributing to atleast half of the sales volume. The increasing demand for Sport Utility Vehicles means the CX-5 is probably going to be a smooth sailor for a while. Its striking design, competent mechanics and affordability set it apart from others in its class. The CX-5 is a gem that keeps increasing in value.
The Mazda CX-5 is available in three different trims, each with their own variations in terms of transmission and engine type. The entry level Active, mid-range Dynamic and range topping Individual make up the local range. The new entry may not be the top of the range vehicle but it is decked out with the luxury expected of an Individual derivative SUV. Standard features are plentiful across Individual models, offering a power tailgate, power adjustable front seats, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning and an impressive Bose 10 speaker sound system. These features are accompanied by the extensive range of standard CX-5 inclusions. Think cruise control, keyless start, a awesome infotainment system and auto headlights.
The Mazda CX-5 range includes 6-speed gearboxes in either manual or automatic. In terms of power, the figures stay the same. The naturally aspirated 2-l petrol engine produces around 121kW of power and 213Nm units of torque. Its 2.5l equivalent is slightly superior with 143kW of power and 258Nm of torque. The most torque is provided from the turbo-diesel engine however, which at 2.2l provides 140kW of power and a whopping 450Nm of torque.
Mazda’s CX-5 has already proved itself in our market and we imagine the range newbie be no exception to this.