New Mazda CX-5 now on UK saleBy Chris Walsh
May 10, 2012
The all-new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover, which made its global debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, is now on sale in the UK with an 18-strong model line-up priced from £21,395 to £28,795 OTR.
This is Mazda’s first sixth generation vehicle and their in-house Numberbods expect it to account for around 4000 UK sales in its first year. The arrival of the CX-5 also marks a watershed moment for Mazda – the CX-5 embodies both Mazda’s sophisticated new SKYACTIV technology and the Japanese company's new KODO Soul of Motion Design direction.
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“The arrival of Mazda’s first vehicle with its innovative SKYACTIV technology is about to transform the Compact SUV segment in Britain,” boasts Peter Allibon, Sales Director for Mazda UK. “SKYACTIV technology runs through every element of the car allowing Mazda to build a Compact SUV that delivers class-leading CO2 emissions and outstanding fuel consumption. This is offered without compromising the driving dynamics or price competitiveness, unlike many other brands with eco sub brands or hybrid and electric vehicle alternatives,” says Allibon.
Basically, Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology centres on three key areas – sophisticated lightweight chassis technology, advanced engines with proper compression ratios and a highly efficient six-speed manual and automatic transmission.
Mazda CX-5 drivers will have the choice of two sparkling new engines with three power outputs – the 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol powerplant with 163bhp, or the 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel unit (which is expected to account for a whopping 85% of UK sales) with either a 148bhp or 173bhp output.
So when you hook those up to Mazda’s new six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual or SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission plus their SKYACTIV-Chassis and SKYACTIV-Body systems, you can expect class-leading emissions and outstanding combined fuel economy of up to 61.4mpg and 119g/km.
The Mazda CX-5 is available with in a choice of 2-wheel drive or all-wheel drive models that feature variable torque distribution and ultra-precise slip detection, giving a front/rear torque split ranging from 100/0 to 50/50 percent. All three engines are fitted with i-Stop, Mazda’s unique fuel-saving idle-stop system.
The new CX-5 has also been designed to mimic the crisp, wrist-flick gear changes, like those enjoyed in the sporty Mazda MX-5. This six-speed manual gearbox was painstakingly developed to deliver the ultimate in shift quality, and its innovative design has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of moving parts, an overall weight reduction of by 3kg and a one percent increase in fuel economy.
Every Mazda CX-5 is equipped with ‘Smart City Brake Support’ (SCBS), which helps a driver to avoid a low speed (up to 19mph) frontal collision by activating the brakes and reducing the engine output, if the system detects a frontal collision is likely.