New Mazda CX-5 gets bigger infotainment, more tech. PH launch when?

Updated Mar 23, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Despite the updates, the price range remains closely intact.

Mazda released the official specs of the 2021 CX-5. Although exterior features are not thoroughly changed, the interior is updated with notable features but relatively keeps the CX-5’s price point close to the outgoing model.  

The most notable change in the 2021 Mazda CX-5 is the new 10.25-inch large center display, replacing the 7-inch touchscreen from the previous model. The software is highly improved and can now be operated by a rotary dial.

The new 10.25-inch infotainment system comes with the latest Mazda Connect Infotainment interface that has both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Of note, all Mazda CX-5 variants in the United States are installed with this new system.

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 Crossover

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 Crossover

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As for safety, the Mazda CX-5 comes standard with i-Activsense that includes Mazda radar cruise control with stop and go function, advanced smart city brake support with pedestrian detection, smart brake support, lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Other standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, high beam control, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio pairing, two front USB inputs, push-button start, and electronic parking brake. The 2021 CX-5 also comes with remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, automatic LED headlights, 17-inch gray metallic aluminum alloy wheels, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The Mazda CX-5 is offered with seven variants in the US. Sport being the base, Touring being the mid-trim, and Signature being the top-spec variant. The Mazda CX-5 uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine making 187 hp and 252 Nm of torque paired to a 6-speed automatic. Moreover, the CX-5 is offered with either a front-wheel-drive or i-Activ All-Wheel Drive.

Interior view of the new CX-5

Interior view of the new CX-5

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A new Carbon Edition is introduced seated at the mid variant. This variant comes with exclusive features such as polymetal gray interior paint, gloss black door mirrors, and 19-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels. An optional CX-5 Carbon Edition Turbo is also made available making 250 hp and 433 Nm of torque.

The pricing starts at $25,270 (around Php 1.23 million) for the base Sport variant and goes up to $37,405 (about Php 1.82 million) for the top-spec Signature variant with i-Activ All-Wheel Drive. Mazda says that the CX-5 will hit the U.S. dealerships as early as next month.

As of this writing, Mazda Philippines hasn’t released any word regarding the 2021 CX5’s launch in the country. Considering all the standard features and technologies the new CX-5 has, it can be a game-changer in the local crossover segment rivaling against the likes of Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Suzuki Vitara.

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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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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

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