2022 Mazda CX-5 debuts with subtle design updates 

Updated Sep 17, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The compact crossover now has a sharper look than ever.

The CX-5 made its debut as the first production Mazda carrying the Kodo design language in 2012. This was largely retained by the time its second generation premiered in 2016, and now the carmaker is tweaking the compact crossover even further as a 2022 model. 

2022 Mazda CX-5 red

Mazda has launched a refreshed CX-5 for the 2022 model year

Leading the changes is a refreshed fascia that highlights a new signature wing, set against a revised grille that exchanges the old mesh pattern for a more three-dimensional look. The LED headlamps are now more distinctive than those on the current version with a revamped pattern, while the front lip is more streamlined, seemingly doing away with the LED foglamps. 

2022 Mazda CX-5 front shot

2022 Mazda CX-5

For the range-topping Signature trim, the black exterior cladding all around has been rendered in body color. Revised LED taillamps now feature a more vertical light signature. Mazda also adds Zircon Sand to the palette of available colors for the CX-5. Inside, the crossover’s seats are reported to offer more support than before, going well with improved noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) levels on account of a more rigid chassis. Wireless charging now makes an appearance. 

2022 Mazda CX-5 Zircon Sand

A Zircon Sand color option has been added to the CX-5's palette

The refreshed CX-5 retains its 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine across the range, split into naturally aspirated and forced induction versions. Power output for the non-turbo is set at 187 horsepower and 252 Nm of torque, while the turbocharged version brings 227 horsepower and 434 Nm of twist. Both power plants are partnered with the same Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, which Mazda says has now been retuned and is more responsive.  

Where Sport mode used to be the only available performance setting on the CX-5, a new Mazda intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) feature expands the available drive presets. What gets the boot is the front-wheel drivetrain option, as all CX-5 units will now come exclusively with all-wheel-drive

CX-5 AWD badge

The CX-5 will now be available exclusively in all-wheel-drive

With the enhancements to the CX-5, Mazda could be setting the stage for the next-generation model equipped with rear-wheel-drive and an inline-6 slated for a 2023 release. The 2022 Mazda CX-5 will initially be made available to North American and European markets, with pricing yet to be disclosed. 

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Know more about Mazda CX-5 2021

Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 is a compact crossover, the first model to carry the Japanese auto giant Mazda's Kodo design language previewed on the Shinari concept in 2010. It is also the first to feature Mazda's full complement of SKYACTIV technologies, combining a rigid yet lightweight platform with efficient powertrains that reduce fuel consumption.  

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.  

From ₱1,730,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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