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New 2022 Mazda CX-5 SUV revealed

More choice and better refinement - that’s what you can expect from the new and updated Mazda CX-5, which has been revealed now ahead of a full release in 2022.

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The CX-5 has long been a safe bet as a family lease vehicle thanks to a strong array of powertrains and some class-leading styling. Like most Mazdas, you can also expect generous amounts of kit as standard.

Now the CX-5 has been given a major overhaul, thanks to some eye-catching exterior tweaks, noise-cancelling tech to make the cabin a more pleasant place to spend time, and some new trim levels providing even more choice.

As a Mazda spokesperson points out, the CX-5 is something of a success story which they aim to build on, adding:

“Successive updates and refinements to every aspect of the vehicle have led to the CX-5 growing into a core model accounting for 21 per cent of annual European sales.”

So let’s start with the way the incoming car looks.

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The front of the 2022 CX-5 features a ‘powerful’ new, more three-dimensional grille and signature wing design. Both front and rear lamp clusters have also been restyled while you can also opt for a new ‘Zircon Sand’ paint job.

Judging by these first-look pics, the CX-5 appears to more aggressive and street-wise.

Another new feature of the new CX-5 is Mazda’s ‘Mi-Drive’ drive mode selection system. It essentially enables the driver to select the most appropriate drive mode with one flick of a switch. Some model grades equipped with i-Activ all-wheel-drive also get a special ‘Off-Road Mode’, which ensures you don’t lose grip on slippery surfaces.

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A huge amount of attention has also been paid to making passengers feel as if they’re being cosseted and comforted. The suspension and seats are more plush, while road noise has also been ‘greatly reduced’, particularly when driving on rough surfaces such as gravel. That, however, might not be such a welcome addition if you’ve got screaming kids in the back seat that need drowning out…

And then there’s the new trim levels - Newground, Sport Black, and GT Sport - which look set to replace the existing ‘SE-L’, ‘Sport’ and ‘GT Sport’ variants.

With base Newground models you can expect black door mirrors, lime green accents to the front grille and 17” silver or 19” black machine-cut alloy wheels. The interior combines suede upholstery with lime green stitching and air-conditioning louvres.

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Sport Black boasts a gloss black finish to the front grille, signature wing, lower bumper sections, wheel arches, door garnishes and door mirrors, which Mazda says gives it ‘a taut, athletic look’. 19” alloy wheels are finished in black metallic paint, and the front grille incorporates red accents. Red stitching trims the black leather seats, steering wheel, gear shift lever and door panels.

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And the GT Sport cars get an uprated one-colour exterior, bright silver 19” alloy wheels, and an interior that features the swanky Nappa leather and woodgrain.

The cabin also comes with wireless phone charging capabilities, while there’s a suite of driver assistance systems, including driver fatigue, whereby the system assists with the accelerator, brake pedal and steering operations when stuck in traffic jams. 

Details of the full UK 2022 Mazda CX-5 range and pricing will be announced this autumn.

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