The 2022 Mazda CX-5 has been revealed overseas ahead of a first half 2022 Australian launch with a new look, new available technology and an enhanced driving experience. Unlike the current model, there will be a greater difference in styling between each model with a new off-road styled look for the CX-5 Touring, a sportier look for the CX-5 GT SP and a more luxurious style for the top-spec Akera. Mechanical changes are limited to greater noise suppression and a new drive mode selection system, while the front seats have also been redesigned for greater comfort.  

Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said the update provides customers with more choice and opportunity to find the vehicle that suits their lifestyle. 

“A focus on constant improvement and evolution has helped Mazda CX-5 remain a favourite in Australia, with each update building on the winning formula of style, safety and comfort that has held momentum for almost a decade,” said Mr Bhindi. 

“This latest update meets customer demand for self-expression and personalisation, addressing their style and lifestyle more acutely than ever before.”

While previous updates to the CX-5 focused on the interior, this time around it’s the exterior that’s had attention. There’s a newer, more aggressive front and rear styling treatment with new lighting, a new grille and new bumpers. 

There is also a greater differentiation in models this time around with three distinct styling themes, of which all three will be available locally. The off-road look of the ‘Zircon Sand Metallic’ (gold) colour CX-5 in pictures will be offered as the mid-spec Touring model, complete with lime green interior inserts and water-resistant upholstery. A double-sided boot mat will also be offered.

The sporty look will be standard for the GT SP, and features a gloss black grille, mirrors and 19-inch alloy wheels with an all-black interior with red accents. The three red dots on the grille will also likely feature.

Finally, the body-coloured wheel arches and lower body trim will be exclusive to the top-spec CX-5 Akera, which will also feature bright silver wheels, Nappa leather upholstery and real wood interior trim.  

The seats in the 2022 Mazda CX-5 have also been redesigned for extra comfort and to ‘support the natural S-curve of the spine’, according to the company. The transmission has also been revised with a more responsive nature, while improvements to the damping control and increased frame rigidity will reportedly reduce road noise and provide a higher level of comfort. 

Mazda’s ‘Cruising and Traffic Support’ system will now be offered on the CX-5, which allows for semi-autonomous highway driving.

Mazda’s new ‘Mi-Drive’ (Mazda intelligent Drive Select) system will also debut to enable the driver to select the most appropriate driving mode for the driving ahead – though what modes will be offered is unknown at this stage.

Mazda Australia is yet to detail the available engines for the 2022 Mazda CX-5, though we predict the 115kW/200Nm 2.0-litre petrol, 140kW/252Nm 2.5-litre petrol, 140kW/450Nm 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel and 170kW/420Nm 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine choices to continue as before. All but the 2.0-litre unit come will all-wheel drive as standard, while all drivetrains offer a six-speed automatic with a six-speed manual also available on the entry point to the range.

Mazda has confirmed that the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will launch in Australia in the first half of 2022 with local pricing and specs to be announced before then. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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