2021 Mazda CX-5 gasoline engines get cylinder deactivation, more power

Updated Jan 28, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The CX-5's SkyActiv-G engines receive updates.

The Mazda CX-5 received significant updates for 2021 in the Japanese market. Apart from adding power to the model’s diesel mill, Mazda also made improvements to the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G non-turbo gasoline version.

It now has cylinder deactivation, which is a feature that literally shuts off two cylinders in certain situations in order to save more fuel without negatively affecting performance.

A picture of the JDM Mazda CX-5

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 for the Japanese domestic market

There’s also the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G CX-5 variants, which also received 9 more horsepower. This brings its total output up to 165 horsepower and 210 Nm of torque. The manual versions of the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G CX-5 variants also get the fancy new cylinder deactivation system.

If you remember, everyone gushed at the additional power the updated 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine now makes. Currently, it can now churn out up to 200 horsepower, which is ten more than its previous output.

As we’ve reported before, Mazda also added a larger 10.25-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Also, the I-Activsense safety suite is now present on all CX-5 trim levels. And lastly, there is of course the Carbon Edition CX-5 that everyone has been drooling over for the past few months.

>>> Related: Is it too much to wish for Mazda Carbon Edition models here?

A picture of the CX-5's 2.5-liter engine

The CX-5's 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G engine

In relation to the Philippine market, the updated 2021 Mazda CX-5 is yet to make its way to us. Other markets in the ASEAN region are yet to receive the new and improved CX-5 lineup as well.

Currently, Mazda Philippines offers the 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G CX-5 variants. The marque also sells the SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter version as the model’s top-spec variant. As such, we can safely say that the aforementioned improvements made to the CX-5's engines will reach our market soon.

A picture of the rear of the JDM CX-5 travelling on the road

We share the same engine options as the JDM CX-5 so chances of us getting the same updates are good

Note though that the next-gen CX-5 is rumored to come out in 2022. As such, there’s also a chance that Mazda PH will skip the updated CX-5, carry over the existing versions until the new one gets released. For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

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<p>The Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover, the first model to carry the carmaker&#39;s Kodo design language previewed on the Shinari concept in 2010. It is also the first to feature Mazda&#39;s full complement of SKYACTIV technologies, combining a rigid yet lightweight platform with efficient powertrains that reduce fuel consumption.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For the Philippine market, the CX-5 is currently sold in four variants: 2.0 Pro FWD, 2.0 Sport FWD, 2.0 Sport AWD, and 2.2 Signature AWD.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

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