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Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020

Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020
Mazda updates CX-5 for 2020

Safety and refinement improvements for Mazda’s mid-size SUV.

Mazda is giving its CX-5 SUV a few updates for 2020, but don't go expecting major changes - that's not the Mazda way. Rather, as with the 6 saloon, this is all about small, incremental annual changes that add up to a better car.

New Polymetal Grey colour

Indeed, you won't spot any major exterior changes at all - then again, the CX-5 is good looking enough not to need any surgery. The only changes are minor updates to the badges, and a new colour option - Polymetal Grey Metallic.

Inside, there's a new, bigger, infotainment screen (it's now eight inches across) which also incorporates a new 360-degree parking camera system. Sadly, the CX-5 doesn't get the latest Mazda infotainment software, as seen in the new 3 and CX-30, but there is at least the addition of a new fuel efficiency monitor, which tells you when the engine is in cylinder shut-down mode.

More efficient petrol engine

Cylinder shut-down? Oh yes, if you go for the 165hp 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine, with a manual gearbox, that comes with cylinder deactivation, shutting down two cylinders under light throttle loads, for extra fuel economy. The CX-5 now also gets the 2.5-litre petrol engine as seen in the 6 (although that's not yet confirmed for the Irish market) while the 150 and 184hp 2.2-litre diesel engines carry over unchanged.

To improve refinement, Mazda has changed the CX-5's interior roof lining, so that less road noise is reflected back down to the occupants.

There are also some small chassis tweaks, including a steering arm damper, which cuts down on unwanted vibrations coming up through the steering system in petrol-engined models. There's also a new rubber joint, mounted between the airbag and the wheel itself, which cuts down on vibrations and allows for improved steering feel.

Off-road traction assist

For four-wheel drive versions of the CX-5, there's a new Off-Road Traction Assist function, which tries to mimc the effect of a locking differential, and stops an unloaded tyre spinning while diverting power and torque to the wheels with the most traction. It also helps the CX-5 stop slipping back when performing a hill-start in slippery conditions.

There's also an update for the CX-5's Advanced Smart City Brake Support emergency braking system, which works at speeds of up to 80km/h. The update means that the system can now detect pedestrians at night, and it also works across a broader range of conditions.

The automatic headlights are also tuned to switch on earlier, improving visibility in poor light conditions.


Published on June 23, 2020
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