2018 Mazda CX-5 will get second gen Skyactiv technology


CX-5 has been one of the most successful modern Mazda vehicles, providing a pretty good level of sales in North America. The current generation car will receive a facelift in 2017, but don’t be hurry to buy one if you want to. One of the best combination of great styling, adequate performance, and superb fuel efficiency will get a soon generation change – the next CX-5 SUV will debut in 2018. Spy shots and rumors hint us that 2018 Mazda CX-5 will get new styling, debuted in larger CX-9, enlarged wheelbase and presumably the next generation of Mazda Skyactiv technology.

2018 Mazda CX-5 release date

The release date of the upcoming next-gen CX-5 planned to be sometime in 2018, regarding the fact that facelifted CX-5 of the current generation will be available for purchase throughout 2017.

2018 Mazda CX-5 release date: 2018

2018 Mazda CX-5 price

Taking into account possible changes in CX-5 2018, we could guess that pricing will be a bit higher. So, updated car will cost around $24,000 which will be comparable with such bestsellers as CR-V.

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2018 Mazda CX-5 redesign

According to recent spy shots, the next generation 2018 Mazda CX-5 will be largely modified in terms of design, however, won’t differ too much from the current car. Honestly, in profile two cars look almost identical. The front end will be performed in Kodo style, in the same way as a Chinese-only CX-4 model, and large CX-9 crossover SUV. Both front and rear lights will be slimmer, the radiator grille mesh become different.

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The interior design is not specified yet, but it is likely to be nearly the same as the current modification, with some features of CX-4. It is also possible that interior quality will be improved in the same way as the updated Mazda6 sedan. The car also possible to get a color head-up display.

2018 Mazda CX-5 specs

The most interesting part of the new upcoming CX-5 is a potential usage of Skyactiv 2 technology. However, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai claimed that the whole new efficient Skyactiv platform will be released in the first part of 2019. According to this statement, we could expect, that the full-scale update to new engine lineup will come to 2018 CX-5 with the next facelift.

For the first time, 2018 Mazda CX-5 engine lineup will be the current generation 2-liter gasoline powertrains. They are expected to be slightly updated to provide more power and better fuel economy. It is also possible that top-end version of CX-5 will get the turbocharged 2.5L unit from the current CX-9.

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Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.5
  • Performance4.4
  • Design4.7
  • Features4.5
  • Fuel economy4.5

The new 2018 CX-5 might be a very strong competitor in mid-size SUV market, due to excellent design, affordable price, reliability and fuel efficiency.

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