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2022 Mazda CX-5 improves refinement and specification levels


Just nine months after updating the CX-5 range with a new petrol engine and upgraded infotainment, Mazda has given its Toyota RAV4 rival a visual refresh and a series of dynamic tweaks for 2022. 

Due on sale in Europe early next year, the latest version of the CX-5 is marked out by a new, “more three-dimensional” grille design with a chunkier chrome surround, a redesigned front bumper and fresh light designs at each end.

The CX-5 will gain the firm’s Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which the firm says will “further evolve the bodyshell, suspension and seats to enhance ride comfort and reduce fatigue,” reducing road noise on rough surfaces.

The 2022 model also gains new technology, with the introduction of Mazda’s Mi-Drive for drive mode selection, four-wheel drive on some models and an off-road mode.

Three new specification levels are available, each with bespoke styling. The entry-level Newground is equipped with a silver underguard, front and rear bumpers and door garnishes. The model also receives black door mirrors, lime green detailing on the front grille and a choice of 17in or 19in wheels. Inside, Newground models receive suede upholstery and lime green stitching. 

Next-step Sport Black models gain a gloss black grille with red detailing, with black signature wings, lower bumper, wheel arches and door mirrors. Black 19in alloy wheels are equipped as standard, while the interior features red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, gear shift lever and door panels. 

Range-topping GT Sport models gain a glossy, one-colour exterior, with 19in alloy wheels in bright silver and a more luxurious interior, with the addition of Nappa leather and woodgrain. 

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The model benefits from a wireless phone charging tray, while interior space has been bolstered by a two-piece, reversible boot floor panel. Newground models receive a floorboard with a water-resistant side for wet or dirty items.

Safety has also been improved with the addition of Mazda’s i-Activsense systems, including cruising and traffic support (CTS). The model’s front LED headlights have also been improved. 

The CX-5 has proved successful for the firm so far, accounting for 21% of annual European sales. Full pricing and specification details for the 2022 model will be announced later in Autumn this year.

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